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TMCNet:  DASAN Zhone Solutions Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

[May 16, 2017]

DASAN Zhone Solutions Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

DASAN Zhone Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:DZSI), a global leader in fiber access transformation for enterprise and service provider networks, today reported its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Revenue for the first quarter of 2017 was $53.1 million, compared to $59.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 and $25.8 million for the first quarter of 2016. Net loss attributable to DASAN Zhone Solutions, Inc. for the first quarter of 2017, calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), was $3.6 million or $0.22 per share compared with net loss of $4.7 million or $0.29 per share for the fourth quarter of 2016 and net loss of $3.5 million or $0.36 per share for the first quarter of 2016. Adjusted earnings before stock-based compensation, interest income (expense), net, income tax provision (benefit), and depreciation and amortization ("adjusted EBITDA") was an adjusted EBITDA loss of $1.3 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared to an adjusted EBITDA income of $0.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2016 and an adjusted EBITDA loss of $3.7 million for the first quarter of 2016.

Cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2017 were $17.3 million compared to $17.9 million at December 31, 2016.

DASAN Zhone Solutions will conduct a conference call and audio webcast today, May 16, 2017, at approximately 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET to review its first quarter 2017 results. This call is open to the public by dialing +1 (888) 306-9369 for U.S. callers and +1 (503) 406-4059 for international callers, and then providing conference ID 16559544. The audio webcast will be simultaneously available on the Investor Relations section of DASAN Zhone Solution's website at

A replay of the conference call will be available after the original call by dialing +1 (855) 859-2056 for U.S. callers and +1 (404) 537-3406 for international callers, and then providing passcode 16559544. An audio webcast replay will also be available online at for approximately one week following the original call.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement DASAN Zhone's consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, DASAN Zhone uses adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure DASAN Zhone believes is appropriate to enhance an overall understanding of DASAN Zhone's past financial performance and prospects for the future. These adjustments to GAAP results are made with the intent of providing greater transparency to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision-making. These non-GAAP results are among the primary indicators that management uses as a basis for making operating decisions because they provide meaningful supplemental information regarding the Company's operational performance, including the Company's ability to provide cash flows to invest in research and development, and to fund capital expenditures. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures facilitate management's internal comparisons to the Company's historical operating results and comparisons to competitors' operating results. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation between net income (loss) calculated on a GAAP basis and adjusted EBITDA on a non-GAAP basis is provided in a table immediately following the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss).

About DASAN Zhone Solutions

DASAN Zhone Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: DZSI) is a global leader in broad-based network access solutions. The company provides solutions in five major product areas including broadband access, Ethernet switching, mobile backhaul, passive optical LAN (POL) and software defined networks (SDN). More than 750 of the world's most innovative network operators, service providers and enterprises turn to DASAN Zhone Solutions for fiber access transformation. The IP Zhone is the only solution that enables service providers to build the network of the future today, supporting end-to-end voice, data, entertainment, social media, business, mobile backhaul and mobility service. DASAN Zhone Solutions is committed to building the fastest and highest quality All IP Multi-Service solution for its customers. DASAN Zhone is headquartered in Oakland, California.

DASAN Zhone Solutions, the DASAN Zhone Solutions logo, and all DASAN Zhone product names are trademarks of DASAN Zhone Solutions, Inc. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective holders. Specifications, products, and/or products names are all subject to change without notice.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Words such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "goal," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "seek," "should," "target," "will," "would," variations of such words, and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In addition, forward-looking statements include, among others, statements that refer to financial estimates; projections of revenue, margins, expenses or other financial items. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, commercial acceptance of the Company's products; intense competition in the communications equipment market; the Company's ability to execute on its strategy and operating plans; and economic conditions specific to the communications, networking, internet and related industries. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in the Company's SEC (News - Alert) filings available at, including without limitation, the Company's annual report on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)
(In thousands, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended
March 31,   December 31,   March 31,
2017 2016 2016
Net revenue $ 53,074 $ 59,447 $ 25,793
Cost of revenue 34,680 40,836 20,716
Amortization of intangible assets 204   153   -  
Gross profit 18,190   18,458   5,077  
Operating expenses:
Research and product development (1) 9,229 9,564 4,679
Selling, general and administrative (1) 10,707 9,721 4,417
Amortization of intangible assets 442 1,297 -
Gain from sale of assets -   (304 ) -  
Total operating expenses 20,378   20,278   9,096  
Operating loss (2,188 ) (1,820 ) (4,019 )
Interest income 26 45 48
Interest expense (274 ) (229 ) (194 )
Other expense, net (498 ) (121 ) 85  
Loss before income taxes (2,934 ) (2,125 ) (4,080 )
Income tax provision (benefit) 440   2,528   (627 )
Net loss (3,374 ) (4,653 ) (3,453 )
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest 249   15   6  
Net loss attributable to DASAN Zhone Solutions, Inc. $ (3,623 ) $ (4,668 ) $ (3,459 )
Foreign currency translation adjustments 2,993   (3,826 ) 517  
Comprehensive loss (381 ) (8,479 ) (2,936 )
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest 270   (47 ) 14  
Comprehensive loss attributable to DASAN Zhone Solutions, Inc. $ (651 ) $ (8,432 ) $ (2,950 )
Earnings per share attributable to DASAN Zhone Solutions, Inc.:
Basic and diluted $ (0.22 ) $ (0.29 ) $ (0.36 )
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic and diluted 16,378 16,375 9,493
(1) Amounts include stock-based compensation costs as follows:
Research and product development $ 14 $ 12 $ -
Selling, general and administrative 241   196   -  
$ 255   $ 208   $ -  
Reconciliation of Net loss to Adjusted EBITDA:
Net loss $ (3,374 ) $ (4,653 ) $ (3,453 )
Stock-based compensation 255 208 -
Interest income (expense), net 248 184 146
Income tax provision (benefit) 440 2,528 (627 )
Depreciation and amortization 1,181   2,009   268  
Adjusted EBITDA $ (1,250 ) $ 276   $ (3,666 )

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
  March 31,   December 31,
2017 2016
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 17,288 $ 17,893
Restricted cash 6,438 6,650
Short-term investments 250 993
Accounts receivable, net 57,783 53,803
Other receivables 12,935 12,286
Inventories 34,779 30,490
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,774   4,131  
Total current assets 133,247 126,246
Property and equipment, net 6,386 6,288
Goodwill 3,901 3,901
Intangible assets, net 8,150 8,767
Other assets 2,271   1,846  
Total assets $ 153,955   $ 147,048  
Liabilities, Stockholders' Equity and Non-controlling Interest
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 30,959 $ 31,168
Short-term debt 26,504 17,599
Other payables 6,581 8,980
Deferred revenue 2,267 1,901
Accrued and other liabilities 9,038   7,278  
Total current liabilities 75,349 66,926
Long-term debt 5,000 6,800
Deferred revenue 1,877 1,674
Other long-term liabilities 2,560   2,352  
Total liabilities 84,786   77,752  
Stockholders' equity and non-controlling interest
Common stock 16 16
Additional paid-in capital 89,760 89,504
Other comprehensive income (loss) 101 (2,870 )
Accumulated deficit (21,064 ) (17,441 )
Total stockholders' equity 68,813 69,209
Non-controlling interest 356   87  
Total stockholders' equity and non-controlling interest 69,169   69,296  
Total liabilities, stockholders' equity and non-controlling interest $ 153,955   $ 147,048  

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