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Quantum (Nasdaq: QMCO) announced its fiscal year 2024 financial results, reporting a revenue of $311.6 million, a 26.2% decrease from the previous year. The GAAP net loss was $41.3 million or ($0.43) per share. The adjusted non-GAAP net loss was $27.5 million or ($0.29) per share. Adjusted EBITDA stood at ($5.3) million.

Annual recurring revenue reached $145 million, with subscription ARR up 33% to $17.8 million. The company highlights significant operational restructuring, expecting $16 million in annualized savings. Gross margins improved by over 600 basis points year-over-year.

Cash and cash equivalents ended at $25.9 million, with outstanding term loan debt at $87.9 million. For fiscal year 2025, Quantum anticipates revenues of $310 million ± $10 million, with adjusted EBITDA projected at $15 million ± $5 million.

Positive
  • Annual recurring revenue reached $145 million.
  • Subscription ARR increased by 33% to $17.8 million.
  • Gross profit margin improved to 40% of revenue, up from 33.9%.
  • Operational efficiencies and cost reductions are expected to save $16 million annually.
  • Gross margins improved by over 600 basis points year-over-year.
Negative
  • Revenue decreased by 26.2% year-over-year to $311.6 million.
  • GAAP net loss was $41.3 million, up from $18.4 million the previous year.
  • Adjusted non-GAAP net loss was $27.5 million, compared to an adjusted net gain of $3.2 million last year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was ($5.3) million, down from $21.1 million last year.
  • Increased term loan debt to $87.9 million from $74.7 million.

Quantum's fiscal year 2024 financial results present a mixed bag of challenges and strategic responses. Revenue of $311.6 million, a significant drop of 26.2% from the previous year, highlights the critical impact of losing their largest hyperscale customer. While this is concerning, the company has demonstrated resilience by focusing on cost reductions and strategic shifts.

The GAAP net loss of $41.3 million underscores ongoing profitability issues, yet the company's proactive measures like achieving 600 basis points improvement in gross margin indicate a solid approach to managing profitability. The reduction in research and development expenses from $44.6 million to $38.0 million might raise questions about future innovation and competitiveness.

The debt scenario, with an increase from $74.7 million to $87.9 million, suggests a need for careful debt management. Quantum's efforts to pay down debt through the sale of non-core assets show a disciplined approach to balance sheet optimization. However, liquidity remains tight with cash equivalents at $25.9 million.

The guidance for fiscal year 2025, projecting revenues of $310 million and adjusted EBITDA of $15 million, coupled with a reduction in non-GAAP adjusted net loss per share, is cautiously optimistic. Investors should monitor how well the company can execute its strategy to return to profitability and grow its recurring revenue streams.

The decline in revenue from $422.1 million to $311.6 million primarily due to the loss of business from a significant hyperscale customer reflects a shift in market dynamics. Quantum's strategy to adapt by investing in strategic growth areas such as AI-driven solutions and expanding its presence in Asia and North America is critical. This shows an understanding of current trends and a focus on segments with high growth potential.

The increase in Subscription ARR by 33% to $17.8 million is a positive indicator of the company's move towards more stable, recurring revenue streams. This shift aligns well with industry trends favoring subscription-based models for their predictability and higher margins.

The company's focus on improving operational efficiencies and reducing costs by $16 million annually is essential for maintaining competitiveness in a rapidly evolving market. However, the challenge will be to sustain innovation and product development while managing costs, especially in high-demand areas like AI and unstructured data solutions.

Overall, while the immediate financials present challenges, Quantum's strategic pivot towards high-growth markets and operational optimization offers a cautiously optimistic outlook for investors.

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Quantum Corporation (Nasdaq: QMCO) ("Quantum" or the "Company"), a leader in solutions for AI and unstructured data, announced today financial results for its fiscal full year 2024 ended March 31, 2024.

Fiscal 2024 Financial Summary

  • Revenue was $311.6 million
  • GAAP gross profit was $124.9 million, or 40% of revenue
  • GAAP net loss was $41.3 million, or ($0.43) per share
  • Annual recurring revenue was $145 million
  • Subscription ARR was up 33% year-over-year at $17.8 million
  • Adjusted non-GAAP net loss was $27.5 million, or ($0.29) per share
  • Adjusted EBITDA was ($5.3) million

“Following the recent completion of our financial re-evaluation process, we are pleased to be back discussing our operations and financials, including results for fiscal 2024,” stated Jamie Lerner, Chairman and CEO of Quantum. “Although this comprehensive process was time-intensive, it demonstrates our commitment to the highest standards of financial integrity and transparency. The financial restatement adjustments made were all technical accounting in nature and we found no evidence of intentional misconduct.

“Our full year 2024 results reflect a significant reduction of revenue from our largest hyperscale customer, which we had expected would scale down over time but instead stopped placing orders at the end of fiscal Q1 2024. While extremely disappointed with the impact from significantly lower revenue year-over-year, we have been proactively accelerating our business transformation. During this time, our team continues to focus on improving the Company’s capital structure as well as optimizing our overall business operations.”

“These actions include improved focus and retooling of our sales and product initiatives in strategic growth areas; accelerating operational efficiencies and cost reductions to achieve $16 million of total annualized savings; year-over-year gross margin improvement of over 600 basis points; and strengthening our capital structure through balance sheet optimization, sale of non-core assets, and debt reduction. A recent example of these actions in motion, subsequent to fiscal year-end, was completing a transaction to reduce liabilities and carrying costs through the sale of service inventory assets. Then using the proceeds to pay down outstanding debt. Additionally, we have active efforts to restructure and shift resources to leverage our international footprint and to expand our channel partner network in Asia and North America,” Mr. Lerner commented further.

Mr. Lerner continued, “Looking ahead, we remain committed to getting back to profitability as well as stabilizing and improving the performance of our legacy Automation and StorNext solutions. Quantum remains dedicated to use cases for Media & Entertainment, Life Sciences, Industrial Technology, and Federal while improving our position to address the prevailing industry trends around Artificial Intelligence across the multiple verticals we serve. ActiveScale and Myriad will be the center of our growth strategy by serving use cases that drive higher recurring revenue, with improved margins, in faster growing market segments. Execution of our strategy to advance our operating model, combined with improving our capital structure, will drive step-change improvements to Quantum in fiscal 2025.”

Fiscal 2024 vs. Prior Year

Revenue of $311.6 million for fiscal 2024 decreased 26.2% from $422.1 million in the prior year, primarily reflecting lower revenue contribution from hyperscale customers combined with lower tape media and royalty business. Gross profit in fiscal 2024 was $124.9 million, or 40.1% of revenue, compared to $143.3 million, or 33.9% of revenue, in the prior fiscal year.

Total GAAP operating expenses in fiscal 2024 were $153.8 million, or 49.3% of revenue, compared to $159.9 million, or 37.9% of revenue, in the prior fiscal year. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $112.4 million in fiscal year 2024, compared to $113.8 million in the prior fiscal year. Research and development expenses were $38.0 million in fiscal 2024, compared to $44.6 million in fiscal 2023. Non-GAAP operating expenses in fiscal 2024 were $136.1 million, compared to $142.9 million in the prior fiscal year.

GAAP net loss in fiscal 2024 was $41.3 million, or ($0.43) per share basic and diluted, compared to a net loss of $18.4 million, or ($0.20) per share basic and ($0.28) per share diluted, in the prior fiscal year. Excluding the income statement impact of the warrants, stock compensation, restructuring charges, and other non-recurring costs, non-GAAP adjusted net loss in fiscal year was $27.5 million, or ($0.29) per share basic and diluted, compared to an adjusted net gain of $3.2 million, or $0.04 per share basic and $0.03 per share diluted, in the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA in fiscal 2024 was ($5.3) million, compared to $21.1 million in fiscal year 2023.

For a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial results, please see the financial reconciliation tables below.

Liquidity and Debt (as of March 31, 2024)

  • Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash were $25.9 million, compared to $26.2 million as of March 31, 2023.
  • Total interest expense for the three- and twelve-month periods were $4.1 million and $15.1 million, respectively, compared to $3.0 million and $10.6 million for the same periods a year ago.
  • Outstanding term loan debt, excluding debt issuance costs, was $87.9 million, compared to $74.7 million as of March 31, 2023. Outstanding borrowings on revolving credit facility was $26.6 million, compared to $16.8 million as of March 31, 2023.
    • Subsequent to quarter end, we paid down $12.3 million of term loan debt through improved working capital by outsourcing our service inventory logistics and management.

Guidance

For the fiscal first quarter of 2025, the Company expects the following guidance:

  • Revenues of $72.0 million, plus or minus $2.0 million
  • Non-GAAP adjusted basic net loss per share of ($0.09), plus or minus $0.02
  • Adjusted EBITDA of approximately ($2.0) million

For fiscal year 2025, the Company expects the following outlook:

  • Revenues of $310 million, plus or minus $10.0 million
  • Non-GAAP adjusted basic earnings per share of ($0.10), plus or minus $0.05
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $15.0 million, plus or minus $5.0 million

This assumes an effective annual tax rate of negative 14%; non-GAAP adjusted net loss per share assumes an average basic share count of approximately 96 million in the fiscal first quarter of 2025 and approximately 96.4 million for the fiscal year 2025.

Conference Call and Webcast

Management will host a live conference call today, June 17, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. PT) to discuss these results. The conference call will be accessible by dialing 866-424-3436 (U.S. Toll-Free) or +1-201-689-8058 (International) and entering conference ID 13747008. This conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet with a slide presentation and can be accessed by all interested parties on the investor relations section of the Company's website at investors.quantum.com under the events and presentations tab.

A telephone replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the conference call and will be available through June 24, 2024. To access the replay dial 1-877-660-6853 and enter the conference ID 13747008 at the prompt. International callers should dial +1-201-612-7415 and enter the same conference ID. Following the conclusion of the live call, a replay of the webcast will be available on the Company's website at www.quantum.com for at least 90 days.

About Quantum

Quantum delivers end-to-end data management solutions designed for the AI era. With over four decades of experience, our data platform has allowed customers to extract the maximum value from their unique, unstructured data. From high-performance ingest that powers AI applications and demanding data-intensive workloads, to massive, durable data lakes to fuel AI models, Quantum delivers the most comprehensive and cost-efficient solutions. Leading organizations in life sciences, government, media and entertainment, research, and industrial technology trust Quantum with their most valuable asset – their data. Quantum is listed on Nasdaq (QMCO). For more information visit www.quantum.com.

Quantum and the Quantum logo are registered trademarks of Quantum Corporation and its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Information

The results reported in this press release are preliminary and unaudited, and are subject to change. As previously disclosed, the Company is in the process of restating its previously issued results for its (i) audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2023 and March 31, 2022, (ii) unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements for each of the first three quarters in such years and (iii) unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2023. The Company has not yet completed its annual financial close process for the fiscal 2024 fourth quarter and full year, and its independent auditors have not completed their audit of the Company’s financial statements for the fiscal 2024 full year. In addition, the Company is in the process of completing the financial close process for the Restatement, and its independent auditors have not completed their audit and applicable reviews of the Restatement. The financial results in this earnings report does not present all necessary information for an understanding of the Company’s results of operations for the fiscal 2024 fourth quarter and full year as well as the financial statements that will be included in the Restatement. As the Company completes its financial close process and finalizes its financial statements for the fiscal 2024 fourth quarter and full year as well as for the Restatement, and as its independent auditors complete their audit of the Company’s financial statements for the fiscal 2024 full year and complete their applicable audit and reviews of the Restatement, it is possible the Company may identify items that require adjustments to the preliminary financial information set forth in this earnings report, and those changes could be material. The Company is in the final stages of confirming the revised financial results to be reflected in the Restatement and expects to file its current financial results, as well as its restated results in a super Form 10-K. The Company does not intend to update such financial information prior to the filing of its super Form 10-K.

The information provided in this press release may include forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”). These forward-looking statements are largely based on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends affecting our business. Such forward-looking statements include, in particular, statements related to future projections of our financial results, including for the first fiscal quarter of 2025 and fiscal year 2025; our focus and our strategy; expected benefits of our restructuring plan, including annualized savings and the timing of payback; and expectations with respect to revenue growth and EBITDA expansion in fiscal year 2025.

These forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of terms and phrases such as “anticipates”, “believes”, “can”, “could”, “estimates”, “expects”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “may”, “plans”, “projects”, “targets”, “will”, and similar expressions or variations of these terms and similar phrases. Additionally, statements concerning future matters and other statements regarding matters that are not historical are forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that these forward-looking statements relate to future events or our future performance and are subject to business, economic, and other risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown, that may cause actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statements.

These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, including without limitation, the following: risks related to the need to address the many challenges facing our business; the impact macroeconomic and inflationary conditions on our business, including potential disruptions to our supply chain, employees, operations, sales and overall market conditions; the competitive pressures we face; risks associated with executing our strategy; the distribution of our products and the delivery of our services effectively; the development and transition of new products and services and the enhancement of existing products and services to meet customer needs and respond to emerging technological trends; estimates and assumptions related to the cost (including any possible disruption of our business) and the anticipated benefits of the transformation and restructuring plans; the outcome of any claims and disputes; the ability to meet stock exchange continued listing standards; the possibility that the Nasdaq may delist our common stock; risks related to our ability to implement and maintain effective internal control over financial reporting in the future; and other risks that are described herein, including but not limited to the items discussed in “Risk Factors” in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including our Form 10-K to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Committee for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2024, and any subsequent reports filed with the SEC. We do not intend to update or alter our forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law or regulation.

QUANTUM CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except per share amounts, unaudited)

 

 

March 31,

 

2024

 

2023

 

 

 

Restated

Assets

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

25,692

 

 

$

25,963

 

Restricted cash

 

168

 

 

 

212

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $22, $201 and $422, respectively

 

67,788

 

 

 

72,464

 

Manufacturing inventories

 

17,753

 

 

 

19,441

 

Service parts inventories

 

9,783

 

 

 

25,304

 

Prepaid expenses

 

2,186

 

 

 

4,158

 

Other current assets

 

8,414

 

 

 

5,513

 

Total current assets

 

131,784

 

 

 

153,055

 

 

 

 

 

Property and equipment, net

 

12,028

 

 

 

16,555

 

Intangible assets, net

 

1,669

 

 

 

4,941

 

Goodwill

 

12,969

 

 

 

12,969

 

Right-of-use assets, net

 

9,425

 

 

 

10,291

 

Other long-term assets

 

19,740

 

 

 

15,846

 

Total assets

$

187,615

 

 

$

213,657

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Deficit

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

26,087

 

 

$

35,716

 

Accrued compensation

 

18,214

 

 

 

15,710

 

Deferred revenue, current portion

 

78,511

 

 

 

79,807

 

Term debt, current portion

 

82,496

 

 

 

5,000

 

Revolving credit facility

 

26,604

 

 

 

16,750

 

Warrant liabilities

 

4,046

 

 

 

7,989

 

Other accrued liabilities

 

13,986

 

 

 

13,666

 

Total current liabilities

 

249,944

 

 

 

157,888

 

Deferred revenue, net of current portion

 

38,176

 

 

 

35,495

 

Revolving credit facility

 

 

 

 

16,750

 

Term debt, net of current portion

 

 

 

 

66,354

 

Operating lease liabilities

 

9,621

 

 

 

10,169

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

11,372

 

 

 

11,370

 

Total liabilities

 

309,113

 

 

 

298,026

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ deficit

 

 

 

Preferred stock:

 

 

 

Preferred stock, 20,000 shares authorized; no shares issued as of March 31, 2024, 2023 and 2022, respectively

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock:

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value; 225,000 shares authorized; 95,850, 93,574 and 60,433 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2024, 2023 and 2022, respectively

 

959

 

 

 

936

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

707,116

 

 

 

702,370

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(827,380

)

 

 

(786,094

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(2,193

)

 

 

(1,581

)

Total stockholders' deficit

 

(121,498

)

 

 

(84,369

)

Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit

$

187,615

 

 

$

213,657

 

QUANTUM CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(in thousands, except per share amounts, unaudited)

 

 

Year Ended March 31,

 

2024

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What was Quantum 's revenue for fiscal year 2024?

Quantum reported a revenue of $311.6 million for fiscal year 2024.

What was Quantum 's GAAP net loss for fiscal year 2024?

The GAAP net loss for Quantum in fiscal year 2024 was $41.3 million, or ($0.43) per share.

How much did Quantum 's subscription annual recurring revenue grow in fiscal year 2024?

Quantum 's subscription annual recurring revenue grew by 33% to $17.8 million in fiscal year 2024.

What are Quantum 's financial projections for fiscal year 2025?

Quantum expects revenues of $310 million, plus or minus $10 million, and adjusted EBITDA of $15 million, plus or minus $5 million for fiscal year 2025.

What were Quantum 's gross margins for fiscal year 2024?

Quantum 's gross margins for fiscal year 2024 were 40% of revenue, compared to 33.9% in the previous year.

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