Wireless Telecom Group, Inc. :WTT-US: Earnings Analysis: Q4, 2016 By the Numbers : March 22, 2017

Wireless Telecom Group, Inc. reports financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of Wireless Telecom Group, Inc. – Giga-tronics Incorporated, MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc., National Instruments Corporation, Agilent Technologies, Inc., Mercury Systems, Inc. and CommScope Holding Co., Inc. (GIGA-US, MTSI-US, NATI-US, A-US, MRCY-US and COMM-US) that have also reported for this period.


  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 9.00 million, Net Earnings of USD -1.16 million.
  • Gross margins narrowed from 47.61% to 36.43% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now -15.58% from 2.75%.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of 171.13% 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:

2016-12-31 2016-09-30 2016-06-30 2016-03-31 2015-12-31
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 9 8.34 7.61 6.37 7.93
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 13.56 0.06 -7.34 -26.19 -15.12
Earnings (mil) -1.16 0.12 -0.22 -0.58 0.02
Earnings Growth (%YOY) -4930.48 62.15 -359.74 -397.3 -91.58
Net Margin (%) -12.88 1.46 -2.87 -9.05 0.3
EPS -0.06 0.01 -0.01 -0.03 0
Return on Equity (%) -14.42 1.5 -2.7 -7.06 0.29
Return on Assets (%) -13.08 1.4 -2.53 -6.63 0.27

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

WTT-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of 13.56% 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 WTT-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by 7.90% and earnings by -1,051.53% 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 47.61% to 36.43%, as well as issues with cost controls. As a result, operating margins (EBITDA margins) went from 2.75% to -15.58% in this time frame. For comparison, gross margins were 45.82% and EBITDA margins were 4.78% 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

WTT-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 208.32 days from 266.14 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.

WTT-US‘s change in operating cash flow of 171.13% 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 1.24% to -17.13% and (2) one-time items that contributed to a decrease in pretax margins from 0.97% to -12.21%

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

Wireless Telecom Group, Inc. designs and manufactures radio frequency and microwave-based products for wireless and advanced communications industries. The company markets its products and services worldwide under the Boonton, Microlab and Noisecom brands. It also develops and markets electronic noise sources, electronic testing and measuring instruments, including power meters, voltmeters and modulation meters and high-power passive microwave components for wireless products. The company operates through two segments: Test & Measurement, and Network Solutions. The Test and Measurement segment is comprised primarily of the operations of Boonton and Noisecom. The Network Solutions segment is comprised primarily of the operations of Microlab. Wireless Telecom Group was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Parsippany, NJ

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