magicJack VocalTec Ltd. :CALL-US: Earnings Analysis: Q1, 2017 By the Numbers : June 15, 2017

magicJack VocalTec Ltd. reports financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of magicJack VocalTec Ltd. – AudioCodes Ltd., Internet Gold-Golden Lines Ltd., CenturyLink, Inc., Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc., Vonage Holdings Corp., E. W. Scripps Company Class A, TEGNA, Inc. and Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (AUDC-US, IGLD-US, CTL-US, VZ-US, T-US, VG-US, SSP-US, TGNA-US and PANW-US) that have also reported for this period.


  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 23.20 million, Net Earnings of USD -23.10 million.
  • Gross margins narrowed from 65.36% to 59.26% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now -4.57% from 21.21%.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of -154.96% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Narrowing of operating margins contributed to decline in earnings.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income growth:

2017-03-31 2016-12-31 2016-09-30 2016-06-30 2016-03-31
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 23.2 23.83 24.57 25.3 23.7
Revenue Growth (%YOY) -2.12 -3.27 -3.29 -0.43 -7.11
Earnings (mil) -23.1 -1.26 3.4 2.82 0.73
Earnings Growth (%YOY) -3247.28 -165.03 2.66 -59.45 -43.88
Net Margin (%) -99.59 -5.29 13.83 11.14 3.1
EPS -1.44 -0.08 0.21 0.18 0.05
Return on Equity (%) -196.67 -8.61 23.89 21.29 5.95
Return on Assets (%) -56.46 -2.83 7.72 6.5 1.71

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

CALL-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of -2.12% is almost the same as its change in earnings, and is about average among the announced results thus far in its peer group, suggesting that CALL-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by -2.64% and earnings by -1,731.96% compared to the immediate last period.

Revenues Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Leader, Earnings Focus, Laggard, Revenues Focus

Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s year-on-year decline in earnings was influenced by a weakening in gross margins from 65.36% to 59.26%, as well as issues with cost controls. As a result, operating margins (EBITDA margins) went from 21.21% to -4.57% in this time frame. For comparison, gross margins were 61.48% and EBITDA margins were 8.02% in the previous period.

Gross Margin Versus EBITDA Margin

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Differentiated; Low Cost, Commodity; Low Cost, Commodity; High Cost, Differentiated; High Cost

Gross Margin Trend

Companies sometimes sacrifice improvements in revenues and margins in order to extend friendlier terms to customers and vendors. Capital Cube probes for such activity by comparing the changes in gross margins with any changes in working capital. If the gross margins improved without a worsening of working capital, it is possible that the company’s performance is a result of truly delivering in the marketplace and not simply an accounting prop-up using the balance sheet.

Gross Margin History
Working Capital Days History

CALL-US‘s decline in gross margins were offset by some improvements on the balance sheet. The management of working capital, for example, shows progress. The company’s working capital days have fallen to 14.67 days from 56.12 days for the same period last year. This leads Capital Cube to conclude that the gross margin decline is not altogether bad.

Gross Margin Versus Working Capital Days

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Customer Financed, Cash Starved, Supplier Financed, Cash Rich

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

It is important to examine a company�s cash versus earnings numbers to gauge whether its performance is sustainable.

CALL-US‘s change in operating cash flow of -154.96% compared to the same period last year is about the same as its change in earnings this period. Additionally, this change in operating cash flow is about average among its peer group. This suggests that the company did not use accruals or reserves to manage earnings this period, and that, all else being equal, the earnings number is sustainable.

Operating Cash Flow Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Cash Flow based Earnings, Likely Non-cash Earnings, Low Cash Flow Base, Likely Undeclared Earnings


The company’s decline in earnings has been influenced by the following factors: (1) Decline in operating margins (EBIT margins) from 17.87% to -11.14% and (2) one-time items that contributed to a decrease in pretax margins from 17.87% to -148.83%

EBIT Margin Versus PreTax Margin

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Operation driven Earnings, One-time Favorables, Low Earnings Base, One-time Unfavorables
EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

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Company Profile

magicJack VocalTec Ltd. engages in the provision of cloud communications and manufacture of communication devices. Its products and services include telephone home service and voice applications. The company operates and distributes under the following the magicJack PLUS, magicJack EXPRESS and magicJack GO brands. magicJack VocalTec was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Jerusalem, Israel.

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