CUI Global (NASDAQ:CUI) has reported strong results for the full year (FY) 2018, with revenues of US$96.8mln versus our forecast of US$92.8mln. The FY order backlog stood at US$37.5mln versus US$32.8mln at the end of 2017.
The company reported an underlying loss (statutory LBITDA) of USS$14.0mln versus our forecast of a loss of US$8.1mln; however, this figure is after booking non-cash impairment charges of US$7.4mln, relating to delays in existing customer contracts in the Energy division, and other issues. On an adjusted EBITDA basis, the outcome of a loss of US$8.0mln was ahead of our forecast.
Also in the release, CUI announced that it has agreed to acquire a 20% stake in VPS, the key partner on the ICE programme for data-centre energy management, gaining representation on the board of VPS. We see this as a positive route to capitalise on the software-defined opportunity of ICE.
CUI Global (NASDAQ: CUI) is a platform company focussing on the acquisition, development and commercialization of new, innovative technologies. The company operates through two divisions – Power & Electromechanical, and Energy.
The strategic focus for CUI Global is the Energy segment. We believe that this business is entering a phase of transformational growth. In this report we examine the growth potential for the Energy segment and some of the major projects which will deliver this growth.
During the last week, the company has made two significant announcements:
The company came into being in its current form via the August 2018 merger of MTI Wireless Edge with MTI Computers, with Moni Borovitz playing a leading role in delivering the merger.
In this report, we present a reminder of the key dynamics of the merger. We note that since the merger, the share price has yet to stabilise and we believe that the buyback may be helpful in this regard.
MTI Wireless Edge Limited (LON:MWE) is a world leader in developing and manufacturing high quality and cost effective antenna solutions for commercial and military applications, as well as control systems for remotely operated smart irrigation systems. The company has achieved strong growth in recent years, with a three-year revenue compounded annualises growth rate (CAGR) of 22% and an earnings per share (EPS) CAGR of 70%. These dynamics have supported a share price increase of 170% over the three years.