GLOBALSTAR ANNOUNCES 2013 FIRST QUARTER RESULTS
Total revenue grew 16% from first quarter of 2012
Adjusted EBITDA improved $1.1 million, or approximately 80%, from first quarter of 2012
Duplex ARPU increased 25% to $19.24 during first quarter of 2013
Covington, LA. , May 09 2013- Globalstar, Inc. (OTCBB: GSAT) today announced its financial results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2013.
FIRST QUARTER FINANCIAL REVIEW
Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar, commented, "Our first quarter results represent a very strong start to what we expect to be a pivotal year for Globalstar. We recorded our sixth consecutive quarter of positive Adjusted EBITDA, which nearly doubled from the first quarter of last year. Additionally, the metrics underlying our reported results, particularly rising Duplex ARPU, equipment sales, and minutes of use, offer strong evidence of the revenue and earnings power that is now beginning to build with the second-generation constellation being placed into service. Anticipating full Duplex restoration, customers are returning in increasing numbers, and our marketing and distribution efforts aimed at further increasing our addressable market are uncovering tremendous new opportunities for Globalstar."
Revenue was $19.3 million for the first quarter of 2013 compared to $16.7 million for the first quarter of 2012, an increase of approximately $2.6 million, or 16%.
Service revenue was $15.4 million for the first quarter of 2013 compared to $12.6 million for the first quarter of 2012. The primary drivers of this increase were growth in SPOT revenue, which increased $1.8 million, or 33%, through growth in the average subscriber base of 20% and ARPU growth of 11% (both excluding deactivated subscribers), and to a lesser extent growth in Duplex revenue of $0.6 million, or 15%, driven by 25% growth in Duplex ARPU. Simplex service revenue also increased $0.5 million, or 39%. Duplex service ARPU reached $19.24, the highest level since the third quarter of 2010, as Globalstar's network performance continues to improve, supporting higher subscriber rate plans and further increases in usage.
Subscriber equipment sales of $3.9 million decreased 4% in the first quarter of 2013 from the first quarter of 2012. Duplex equipment sales increased $0.4 million, or 47%, and Simplex equipment sales decreased $0.5 million, or 24%, due primarily to the change in mix of products sold during the quarter. Sales of SPOT equipment were relatively flat due to both reductions in unit pricing and the change in mix of products sold during the quarter.
The Company reported a net loss of $25.1 million for the first quarter of 2013 compared to a net loss of $24.5 million for the first quarter of 2012. Increased net loss was due primarily to higher depreciation expense as the Company placed additional satellites into service and higher interest expense as the amount of interest being capitalized decreases, offset partially by the impact of non-cash derivative gains and losses.
Adjusted EBITDA was $2.5 million for the first quarter of 2013 compared to $1.4 million for the first quarter of 2012. This 82% improvement in Adjusted EBITDA resulted from an increase in revenue, partially offset by an increase in operating expenses as the Company made strategic investments in sales and marketing initiatives.
The holders of the Company's 5.75% Convertible Senior Notes ("5.75% Notes") had the right to surrender their 5.75% Notes for purchase by Globalstar on April 1, 2013 at an aggregate purchase price of $71.8 million. The Company did not have sufficient funds to purchase the tendered 5.75% Notes or to make the semi-annual payment of interest on the 5.75% Notes, also due on April 1, 2013. Effective as of April 1, 2013, the Company entered into a forbearance agreement (as subsequently amended, the "Forbearance Agreement") with the holders of approximately 78% of the 5.75% Notes. Pursuant to the Forbearance Agreement, these holders have agreed to forbear until May 13, 2013 from exercising any of their rights and remedies under the 5.75% Notes, including accelerating the 5.75% Notes. Globalstar is actively negotiating with the note holders the terms of a potential debt exchange arrangement. The Company has received initial credit committee approval from the lenders under its senior secured credit facility to the exchange, as well as initial approval from COFACE. Until final documentation is completed and signed and any exchange transaction is closed, there is no assurance that an agreement will be concluded with the note holders or that final consent from the lenders will be obtained.
OPERATIONAL AND REGULATORY UPDATE
All satellites launched on February 6, 2013 have been fully and successfully tested. Two have been placed into commercial service, two are scheduled to be placed into service by the end of May, and the remaining new satellites are on track to be placed into service by mid-summer.
Regulatory Reform for Terrestrial Authority
In January, Globalstar filed with the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") its responses to all comments received with regard to its November 13, 2012 Petition for Rulemaking with the FCC to obtain the regulatory flexibility necessary to use the Company's licensed MSS spectrum terrestrially to support mobile broadband applications throughout the United States. With the comment cycle closed, the FCC is now reviewing the information filed in the record of that proceeding.
Mr. Monroe concluded, "We are on track to move our remaining recently-launched satellites into their final positions in low-earth orbit, restoring full higher-margin Duplex service. In addition, we have five feature-rich new products set to launch this year that are positioned to broaden our customer appeal - two of these products will be released this month. Given our dealers' and customers' positive reception to our new Duplex service plans that recalibrate our pricing while offering obvious cost savings versus competitors' rates, we are confident in building revenue and EBITDA momentum in the second half of the year towards further acceleration in 2014. Finally, we look forward to working with the FCC to complete our near-term plans with regard to regulatory flexibility, which we hope can be accomplished by year-end. We anticipate 2013 will be a decisive year for Globalstar."
Globalstar plans to hold an investor conference call after the conclusion of the debt exchange negotiations described above. Globalstar will release dial-in information and details once the call is scheduled.
About Globalstar, Inc.
Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Globalstar offers these services to commercial customers and recreational consumers in more than 120 countries around the world. The Company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, simplex and duplex satellite data modems, flexible airtime service packages and the SPOT family of mobile satellite consumer products including the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger. Many land based and maritime industries benefit from Globalstar with increased productivity from remote areas beyond cellular and landline service. Global customer segments include: oil and gas, government, mining, forestry, commercial fishing, utilities, military, transportation, heavy construction, emergency preparedness, and business continuity as well as individual recreational users. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA applications. Note that all SPOT products described in this press release are the products of Spot LLC, which is not affiliated in any manner with Spot Image of Toulouse, France or Spot Image Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia.
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EBITDA represents earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, accretion and derivative (gains)/losses. Adjusted EBITDA excludes non-cash compensation expense, reduction in the value of assets, foreign exchange (gains)/losses, R&D costs associated with the development of new consumer products, and certain other significant charges. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA in order to manage the Company's business and to compare its results more closely to the results of its peers. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not represent and should not be considered as alternatives to GAAP measurements, such as net income. These terms, as defined by us, may not be comparable to a similarly titled measures used by other companies.
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