2021-02-24

Sierra Wireless reports fourth quarter and full year 2020 results

Source: Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) (the "Company", "Sierra Wireless", "we", "us", or "our") reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2020. All results are reported in U.S. dollars and are prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), except as otherwise indicated below.


“Our revenue continued to improve in the Fourth Quarter of 2020 with 6.3% sequential revenue growth to $120.5 million and overall gross margins improving to 36%. Our business transformation is proceeding well as shown by our third consecutive quarter of sequential revenue growth led by our Q4 Recurring and other services revenue of $32.6 million which increased 9.4% sequentially and 25.1% year on year. We are winning in the market with our Solutions offering and our Recurring and other services revenue is now at 27.1% of total revenue,” said Kent Thexton, President and CEO. “We completed the divestiture of our Automotive product line in November and ended the year with a strong balance sheet with $171.4 million in cash and no debt.”

Quarterly revenue for our two business segments were as follows:

  • Revenue from IoT Solutions decreased 3.6% to $87.6 million as compared to $90.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. The decrease was primarily due to lower hardware sales in Enterprise gateway products and Integrated IoT Solutions modules. Within the IoT Solutions segment, recurring and other services revenue was up 25.1% in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019 due to growth in connected devices and the addition of the M2M Group in Australia.
  • Revenue from Embedded Broadband decreased 3.8% to $32.9 million as compared to $34.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. The decrease was primarily a reflection of lower mobile computing and networking sales due to previously communicated design losses of two higher-margin computing customers. The fourth quarter of 2020 is the last period impacted by these design losses.

Product revenue was $87.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2020, representing 72.9% of consolidated revenue and Recurring and other services revenue was $32.6 million, representing 27.1% of consolidated revenue.

In accordance with U.S. GAAP, the results of operations of the Automotive Business are reported as discontinued operations in our consolidation statements of operations and comprehensive loss for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019.

Non-GAAP financial measures referred to in this news release are labeled as "non-GAAP measure" or designated as such with an asterisk (*). Please see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for explanations of why the Company uses these non-GAAP measures and "Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results by Quarter" for reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP financial measures.