Ribbon Communications Inc. Reports First Quarter 2024 Financial Results

  • Significant profitability improvement with >700 bps increase in Gross Margin
  • Selected by Verizon for multi-year Advanced Voice Network Platform

Plano, TX – Ribbon Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: RBBN), a global provider of real time communications technology and IP optical networking solutions to many of the world’s largest service providers, enterprises, and critical infrastructure operators to modernize and protect their networks, today announced its financial results for the first quarter 2024.

Revenue for the first quarter of 2024 was $180 million, compared to $186 million for the first quarter of 2023. First quarter 2024 GAAP Loss from Operations improved $22 million year over year, and Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA improved $14 million to $12 million. GAAP and Non-GAAP Gross Margin improved over 700 basis points year over year.

“I am very pleased with the improvement in our profitability year over year, exceeding the high end of our guidance. Sales in the EMEA region were strong across Service Provider and Critical Infrastructure markets, growing 24% year over year,” stated Bruce McClelland, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ribbon Communications.

“Sales in our IP Optical Networks segment increased year over year for the seventh consecutive quarter, up 9% over the previous year. Lower product costs and strong regional mix contributed to the gross margin being above 40% for the segment once again,” Mr. McClelland added. “While Cloud & Edge sales were down in the first quarter, we believe we have reached a low point in U.S. Tier One Service Provider spending. We expect the new multi-year Verizon Network Modernization program announced today, recovery in broader Service Provider spending, and continued growth in Enterprise, including new U.S. Federal projects, to return our Cloud & Edge segment to growth.”

"We now have six quarters in a row of year-over-year Adjusted EBITDA improvement, leading to a trailing twelve- month Adjusted EBITDA of $105 million. This resulted in a bank leverage ratio of 2.7x, in our target range of 2x-3x. The first quarter also delivered solid order bookings and good cash from operations of $13 million. We believe these results demonstrate improvement in our business as we execute our strategy," said Mick Lopez, Chief Financial Officer of Ribbon Communications.

Business Outlook
For the second quarter of 2024, the Company projects revenue of $200 million to $210 million. Non-GAAP gross margin is projected in a range of 53.5% to 54.5%. Adjusted EBITDA is projected in a range of $20 million to $25 million.

The Company's outlook is based on current indications for its business, which are subject to change.

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