TRANSACT TECHNOLOGIES REPORTS 2017 SECOND QUARTER RESULTS

Reports 2017 Second Quarter Revenue of $13.6 Million and $0.12 GAAP Diluted EPS

Hamden, CT – August 3, 2017 –
TransAct Technologies Incorporated (Nasdaq: TACT) ("TransAct" or the "Company"), a global leader in software-driven technology and printing solutions for high-growth markets, today reported operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017, as summarized below:

Summary of 2017 Q2 Results
(In millions, except per share and percentage data)

   
Three Months Ended
June 30,
 
   
2017
   
2016
 
Net sales
 
$
13.6
   
$
14.8
 
Gross profit
 
$
6.4
   
$
6.0
 
Gross margin
   
47.3
%
   
40.4
%
Operating income
 
$
1.3
   
$
1.1
 
Net income
 
$
0.9
   
$
0.8
 
Net income per diluted share
 
$
0.12
   
$
0.10
 
                 
Non-GAAP(1):
               
EBITDA
 
$
1.6
   
$
1.4
 
Adjusted EBITDA
 
$
1.7
   
$
1.6
 

(1)
A reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure to the most comparable Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP")  financial measure can be found included with this release.  See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below for a discussion of these metrics.

Bart Shuldman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TransAct, commented, "Our increased emphasis on sales of purpose-built technology-enabled solutions led to a solid 2017 second quarter with gross margin expanding 690 basis points year over year to 47.3%, leading to a 15% increase in net income, a 20% rise in diluted EPS and an 11% EBITDA increase, despite a year-over-year decline in revenue.  In addition to the solid financial results, we also made significant progress in the second quarter in further positioning our restaurant solutions business for near- and long-term success, including a near-doubling in sales of our AccuDate terminals over the first quarter of 2017.

"TransAct strategically entered the restaurant solutions marketplace with the AccuDate 9700, allowing the Company to leverage our core technology strengths and solutions to address a large new market opportunity. Since that time we have worked closely with customers of all sizes and varying levels of menu complexity to continuously evolve the capabilities of our product portfolio to ensure that we anticipate and address their needs. As restaurant and food service operators increasingly understand and appreciate the value of our AccuDate solutions to improve back-of-house operations, we have seen a notable preference for our integrated product solutions that help them efficiently and profitably manage their operations. To address this customer preference, we launched our AccuDate XL and recently completed the integration of our terminal with industry-leading software providers CrunchTime and Jolt, resulting in a significant increase in interest for the AccuDate XL. Accordingly, TransAct made the strategic decision to implement a number of major internal sales initiatives that have positioned the Company to benefit from the XL's long-term market opportunity.

"First, we rolled out an ongoing direct marketing campaign to elevate awareness in the AccuDate XL and drive interest in the product, strategically timed to begin ahead of the National Restaurant Association Show in late May. Second, we are making good progress towards building out an internal direct sales team focused on driving demand for this technology-driven solution. These new team members are working nationwide to expose the powerful AccuDate XL and its software ecosystem to restaurant and foodservice operators of all sizes and are actively developing a growing base of sales opportunities. Third, we recently launched a full lineup of TransAct labels designed specifically for our AccuDate terminals which make the Company a convenient, one-stop provider for most AccuDate labeling needs while also providing TransAct with a new, attractive recurring revenue business. Finally, we are adding to this recurring revenue opportunity around the AccuDate XL by offering a full complement of services and technical support to the many customers in our growing pipeline.

"During the second quarter, the increased interest in the AccuDate XL was reflected in the nearly 94% quarterly sequential growth in restaurant solutions net sales, our first AccuDate label and service contract sale through TransAct Services Group, and our growing backlog of trial activity. Following the shift of our go-to-market strategy for the restaurant solutions business to an internal team in the second quarter, we are better positioned today to successfully execute on the long-term sales potential for the AccuDate XL.

"Looking at the rest of our markets, our casino and gaming printers continue to gain share in the improving domestic gaming environment while the outlook for new Epicentral sales over the balance of 2017 is positive.  Our lottery market, in particular our sales of spare parts, is benefiting from the ongoing, industry-driven shift towards longer and/or extended contracts which is keeping our global installed base of lottery printers in the field longer.  This is expected to continue to create a recurring revenue market for TransAct as the more than 500,000 printers we have sold into the lottery market will need to be maintained.

We are also beginning to see increased signs of activity in the domestic oil and gas market as Printrex oil and gas printer sales grew 16% on a year over year basis in the 2017 second quarter and Printrex consumable sales through TransAct Services Group grew 51% over the prior year."

Mr. Shuldman concluded, "TransAct remains well positioned to grow our business over the second half of 2017, particularly as our AccuDate XL continues to gain traction in the marketplace. We are excited by customer response to the CrunchTime and Jolt offerings on the AccuDate XL and believe that our decision to invest in a direct marketing initiative and internal sales force will generate an attractive return going forward. The entire TransAct team is focused on building shareholder value and we look forward to delivering on this promise as the year progresses."

Review of Balance Sheet and Capital Return Initiatives
As of June 30, 2017, TransAct had approximately $4.9 million of cash and cash equivalents and no debt.  During the 2017 second quarter, the Company paid an increased dividend to shareholders of $0.09 per share and did not repurchase any shares of its common stock, resulting in a total return of capital of $663 thousand for the quarter.  TransAct has $1.4 million remaining under its existing $5.0 million share repurchase authorization.


Steve DeMartino, President and Chief Financial Officer of TransAct, added, "TransAct continues to leverage our healthy balance sheet to invest in our restaurant solutions business, positioning us to take advantage of what is believed to be a very meaningful market opportunity, while simultaneously returning capital to shareholders through our increased quarterly dividend of $0.09 per share. While our marketing and sales investment initiatives will result in higher expenses in the second half of 2017, we expect these investments will generate solid returns as we anticipate benefiting from increased sales and further margin improvement going forward."

Summary of 2017 Second Quarter Operating Results
TransAct generated 2017 second quarter net sales of $13.6 million compared with 2016 second quarter net sales of $14.8 million.  Restaurant solutions net sales declined to $1.0 million for the 2017 second quarter from $1.7 million for the 2016 second quarter, driven almost entirely by lower sales to the Company's distributor related to the Company's focus on a direct sales model and on the new AccuDate XL terminal. POS automation and banking net sales declined $1.2 million year over year to $2.0 million in the 2017 second quarter reflecting lower sales of the Company's Ithaca 9000 printer to McDonald's versus a record quarter in the prior year period.  Casino and gaming net sales in the 2017 second quarter were $4.0 million compared to $5.2 million in the prior year period, as a 26% increase in domestic casino sales was more than offset by a decline in sales to international customers.  Lottery printer net sales in the 2017 second quarter were $2.8 million compared with $2.2 million in the 2016 second quarter.  Printrex net sales were $282 thousand in the 2017 second quarter compared to $176 thousand in the 2016 second quarter, while the Company's TransAct Services Group generated net sales of $3.5 million in the 2017 second quarter compared to $2.4 million in the 2016 second quarter.

Gross margin of 47.3% in the 2017 second quarter compared to gross margin of 40.4% in the 2016 second quarter, reflecting a more favorable sales mix including a significant increase in higher-margin lottery printer spare parts sales.  Higher gross margins in the 2017 second quarter more than offset the 8% decline in net sales, resulting in a 7% increase in gross profit to $6.4 million.

Total operating expenses for the 2017 second quarter were $5.1 million compared to $4.9 million in the 2016 second quarter.  The increase in operating expenses reflects the Company's ongoing efforts to build out a dedicated internal sales force and initiate a direct marketing program for the restaurant solutions market.

TransAct generated operating income of $1.3 million for the 2017 second quarter compared to $1.1 million for the 2016 second quarter.  Net income in the 2017 second quarter was $867 thousand, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to net income of $753 thousand, or $0.10 per diluted share, in the prior year period.

2017 Second Quarter Conference Call and Webcast
TransAct is hosting a conference call and webcast today, August 3, 2017, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET.  Both the call and the webcast are open to the general public.  The conference call number is 678-825-8259 and the conference ID number is 54675270 (domestic or international).  Please call five minutes prior to the presentation to ensure that you are connected.

Interested parties may also access the conference call live on the Internet at www.transact-tech.com (select "Investor Relations" followed by "Events & Presentations").  Approximately two hours after the call has concluded, an archived version of the webcast will be available for replay at the same location.


Non-GAAP Financial Measures
TransAct is providing certain non-GAAP financial measures because the Company believes that these amounts are helpful to investors and others in assessing the ongoing nature of what the Company's management views as TransAct's core operations.  The Company believes that the non-GAAP financial measures of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA provide relevant and useful information, which is widely used by analysts, investors and competitors in the Company's markets, as well as by the Company's management in assessing the Company's performance.  The Company uses the non-GAAP financial measures internally to focus management on the results of the Company's core business. The presentation of this additional non-GAAP information is not considered superior to or a substitute for, and should be read in conjunction with, the financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.

EBITDA is defined as net income before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization.  A reconciliation of EBITDA to net income, the most comparable GAAP financial measure, can be found attached to this release.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, and amortization and is adjusted for share-based compensation.  The Company adjusts EBITDA for share-based compensation because the Company considers share-based compensation to be a non-cash expense similar to depreciation and amortization.  A reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income, the most comparable GAAP financial measure, can be found attached to this release.

EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA provide the Company with an understanding of one aspect of earnings before the impact of investing and financing charges and income taxes.  EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA may be useful to an investor in evaluating the Company's operating performance because these measures are: (i) widely used by investors to measure a company's operating performance without regard to non-recurring items excluded from the calculation of such measure; (ii) financial measurements that are used by lenders and other parties to evaluate creditworthiness; and (iii) used by the Company's management for various purposes including strategic planning and forecasting, assessing financial performance, and paying incentive compensation.

About TransAct Technologies Incorporated
TransAct Technologies Incorporated is a global leader in developing software-driven technology and printing solutions for high-growth markets including restaurant solutions, POS automation, casino and gaming, lottery, mobile and oil and gas. The Company's solutions are designed from the ground up based on customer requirements and are sold under the AccuDate™, EPICENTRAL®, Epic®, Ithaca®, RESPONDER and Printrex® brands. TransAct has over 3.0 million printers and terminals installed around the world and is committed to providing world-class service, spare parts and accessories to support its installed product base. Through the TransAct Services Group, the Company also provides customers with a complete range of supplies and consumable items both online at http://www.transactsupplies.com and through its direct sales team. TransAct is headquartered in Hamden, CT. For more information, please visit http://www.transact-tech.com or call (203) 859-6800.




Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release include forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "may", "will", "expect", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe" or "continue" or the negative thereof or other similar words.  All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, customer acceptance and market share gains, both domestically and internationally, in the face of substantial competition from competitors that have broader lines of products and greater financial resources; our competitors introducing new products into the marketplace; our ability to successfully develop new products; our dependence on significant customers; our dependence on significant vendors; dependence on contract manufacturers for the assembly of a large portion of our products in Asia; our ability to protect intellectual property; our ability to recruit and retain quality employees as the Company grows; our dependence on third parties for sales outside the United States, including Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Latin America and Asia; the economic and political conditions in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Latin America and Asia; marketplace acceptance of new products; risks associated with foreign operations; the availability of third-party components at reasonable prices; price wars or other significant pricing pressures affecting the Company's products in the United States or abroad; risks associated with potential future acquisitions; our new line of food safety and oil and gas products driving increased adoption by customers; and other risk factors detailed from time to time in TransAct's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Actual results may differ materially from those discussed in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements.  The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and the Company assumes no duty to update them to reflect new, changing or unanticipated events or circumstances.

# # #

Investor Contact:
Steve DeMartino
President and Chief Financial Officer
TransAct Technologies Incorporated
203-859-6810
Richard Land, Joseph Jaffoni, Jim Leahy
JCIR
212-835-8500 or tact@jcir.com
 

- Financial tables follow -
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


TRANSACT TECHNOLOGIES INCORPORATED
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
 
(Unaudited)
 
         
   
Three Months Ended
   
Six Months Ended
 
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
June 30,
   
June 30,
 
   
2017
   
2016
   
2017
   
2016
 
Net sales
 
$
13,596
   
$
14,801
   
$
27,593
   
$
29,158
 
Cost of sales
   
7,166
     
8,818
     
15,070
     
17,290
 
Gross profit
   
6,430
     
5,983
     
12,523
     
11,868
 
                                 
Operating expenses:
                               
Engineering, design and product development
   
1,020
     
1,089
     
2,013
     
2,325
 
Selling and marketing
   
2,034
     
1,859
     
3,706
     
3,652
 
General and administrative
   
2,070
     
1,935
     
4,082
     
3,852
 
     
5,124
     
4,883
     
9,801
     
9,829
 
Operating income
   
1,306
     
1,100
     
2,722
     
2,039
 
                                 
Interest and other income (expense):
                               
Interest, net
   
(8
)
   
(7
)
   
(16
)
   
(11
)
Other, net
   
(2
)
   
15
     
(8
)
   
16
 
     
(10
)
   
8
     
(24
)
   
5
 
                                 
Income before income taxes
   
1,296
     
1,108
     
2,698
     
2,044
 
Income tax provision
   
429
     
355
     
888
     
666
 
Net income
 
$
867
   
$
753
   
$
1,810
   
$
1,378
 
                                 
Net income per common share:
                               
Basic
 
$
0.12
   
$
0.10
   
$
0.24
   
$
0.18
 
Diluted
 
$
0.12
   
$
0.10
   
$
0.24
   
$
0.18
 
                                 
Shares used in per share calculation:
                               
Basic
   
7,408
     
7,689
     
7,402
     
7,761
 
Diluted
   
7,514
     
7,743
     
7,469
     
7,813
 
                                 

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION – SALES BY SALES UNIT:
 
   
Three months ended
   
Six months ended
 
   
June 30,
   
June 30,
 
   
2017
   
2016
   
2017
   
2016
 
Restaurant solutions
 
$
1,021
   
$
1,715
   
$
1,548
   
$
2,537
 
POS automation and banking
   
2,048
     
3,203
     
4,506
     
5,518
 
Casino and gaming
   
3,985
     
5,154
     
9,102
     
10,592
 
Lottery
   
2,787
     
2,150
     
5,768
     
5,085
 
Printrex
   
282
     
176
     
460
     
331
 
TransAct Services Group
   
3,473
     
2,403
     
6,209
     
5,095
 
Total net sales
 
$
13,596
   
$
14,801
     
27,593
   
$
29,158
 


TRANSACT TECHNOLOGIES INCORPORATED
 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
(Unaudited)
 
   
June 30,
   
December 31,
 
(In thousands)
 
2017
   
2016
 
Assets:
           
Current assets:
           
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
4,877
   
$
2,503
 
Accounts receivable, net
   
7,404
     
10,585
 
Inventories, net
   
9,521
     
9,707
 
Other current assets
   
884
     
372
 
Total current assets
   
22,686
     
23,167
 
                 
Fixed assets, net
   
2,262
     
2,241
 
Goodwill
   
2,621
     
2,621
 
Deferred tax assets
   
3,484
     
3,432
 
Intangible assets, net
   
386
     
545
 
Other assets
   
35
     
36
 
     
8,788
     
8,875
 
Total assets
 
$
31,474
   
$
32,042
 
                 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity:
               
Current liabilities:
               
Accounts payable
 
$
3,421
   
$
4,894
 
Accrued liabilities
   
2,380
     
2,394
 
Income taxes payable
   
-
     
19
 
Deferred revenue
   
215
     
117
 
Total current liabilities
   
6,016
     
7,424
 
                 
Deferred revenue, net of current portion
   
74
     
67
 
Deferred rent, net of current portion
   
190
     
178
 
Other liabilities
   
254
     
264
 
     
518
     
509
 
Total liabilities
   
6,534
     
7,933
 
                 
Shareholders' equity:
               
Common stock
   
112
     
112
 
Additional paid-in capital
   
29,996
     
29,701
 
Retained earnings
   
24,686
     
24,157
 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax
   
(102
)
   
(109
)
Treasury stock, at cost
   
(29,752
)
   
(29,752
)
Total shareholders' equity
   
24,940
     
24,109
 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity
 
$
31,474
   
$
32,042
 
                 



TRANSACT TECHNOLOGIES INCORPORATED
RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(Unaudited)

   
Three Months Ended
   
Six Months Ended
 
(In thousands)
 
June 30,
   
June 30,
 
   
2017
   
2016
   
2017
   
2016
 
Net income
 
$
867
   
$
753
   
$
1,810
   
$
1,378
 
                                 
Interest expense, net
   
8
     
7
     
16
     
11
 
Income tax provision
   
429
     
355
     
888
     
666
 
Depreciation and amortization
   
289
     
318
     
602
     
643
 
                                 
EBITDA
   
1,593
     
1,433
     
3,316
     
2,698
 
                                 
Share-based compensation expense
   
150
     
161
     
296
     
305
 
                                 
Adjusted EBITDA
 
$
1,743
   
$
1,594
     
3,612
   
$
3,003
 
                                 


The following information was filed by Transact Technologies Inc (TACT) on Thursday, August 3, 2017 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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