SuperCom Ltd. (SPCB) CEO Arie Trabelsi on Q1 2016 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

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SuperCom Ltd. (NASDAQ:SPCB)

Q1 2016 Earnings Conference Call

July 06, 2016, 10:00 AM ET

Executives

Rob Fink - Hayden IR

Arie Trabelsi - President and Chief Executive Officer

Ordan Trabelsi - President Americas

Analysts

Josh Elving - Feltl

Josh Nichols - B. Riley

Rob Stone - Cowen & Company

Marcel Herbst - Herbst Capital Management

Operator

Good day everyone, and welcome to today's First Quarter 2016 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, you will have the opportunity to ask questions during the question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] I will be standing by if you should need any assistance.

It is now my pleasure to turn the conference over to Mr. Rob Fink. Please go ahead sir.

Rob Fink

Good morning everyone. Thank you very much for joining us for SuperCom's first quarter 2016 conference call. Joining us on the call today are Arie Trabelsi, President and Chief Executive Officer; [indiscernible] VP of Finance; and Ordan Trabelsi, President of SuperCom of Americas.

A press release disclosing the financial results for the first quarter was released earlier today and is available on the company's website at supercom.com. Following comments by management, we will open the floor up for questions.

Before we start, I'd like to point out that this conference call may contain certain projections or other forward-looking statements regarding future events or future performance of the company. These statements are only predictions and SuperCom cannot guarantee that they will in fact occur. SuperCom does not assume any obligation to update that information. Actual events or results may differ materially from those projected, including as a result of changing market trends, reduced demand, and the competitive nature of the security systems industries, or due to risks identified in the documents filed by the company with the Security and Exchange Commission.

At this time, I'd like to turn the call over to Trabelsi. Ordan, the floor is yours.

Ordan Trabelsi

Thanks Rob, and thank you everyone for joining us today. As we previously showed in our annual report, our operations were impacted by delays associated with macroeconomic conditions in certain emerging markets where we are deploying large long-term government system. In one specific country, we’re again impacted by temporary import tax that has also significantly impacted gross margins which I will discuss later on this call.

While these challenges were mostly resolved subsequent to the end of the quarter, their impacts for our Q1 results were significant. During the first quarter, we also had significant increase in our consolidated operating expenses as a result of our recent acquisitions. These expenses were recognized before current bookings and new orders could be recognized as revenues. So while we believe that value of these acquisitions will be more clearly seen in the financial results of the coming quarters, the results they’re reporting today don’t yet showcase the synergies and incremental opportunities we are seeing in the business.

Despite these factors, we are encouraged by both our near and long-term opportunities and are making progress with customers and potential customers. In addition, we expect our broader product lines and expanded global customer base to provide us with a more robust sales opportunities pipeline in the future, which is less sensitive to macroeconomic conditions in specific countries or regions.

To augment our strategic position in the market we serve, expand our scale and add to our technological offerings, we have made several strategic acquisitions in the last few months. Hereto-date in 2016, we’ve acquired four new, yet complementary businesses or considerations of approximately $6 million in aggregate, excluding potential performance based earn out. These acquisitions were done at prices representing fractions of annual revenues of these companies in recent years. We expect these acquisitions will contribute significantly to our pro forma revenues and earnings, more importantly these acquisitions have meaningfully changed SuperCom better.

A year ago, in our core business, e-ID, our track record included at present in over 20 countries and experience of the customer base of over 20 national governments. Today, our track record consists of a presence in over 100 countries and experience with the customer base of over 30,000 customers including governments, banks, telecom providers, retail chain, and other various enterprises. A year ago, our global sales channels included only a few distributors and resellers channels in a few countries.

As a result of this combination, SuperCom with these four established companies, we now have dozens of distributors and resellers in many countries across Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

During this call, we will discuss the acquisition, provide an update on the integration effort, and elaborate on the offerings and sophistications these acquisitions add to SuperCom. I will also speak to specific cross selling opportunities including an example of how these pieces are fitted together creating strategic advantages for SuperCom and significantly expanding our adjustable markets.

The net results that we have acquired, compelling technologies, large and solid customer bases, and established channels to market, and maybe, most importantly, we’ve made these acquisitions at very attractive valuations. We now have many more solutions to sell to the same government and private sector customers, getting significant cross selling opportunities and increasing our adjustable markets.

These new capabilities and offerings are complementary to our core business and provide us with opportunities to leverage our lean operating infrastructure. In each of these four acquisitions, we’re able to eliminate redundancies to increase the incremental profit contribution. Each of these acquisitions is expected over time to be accretive to our earnings.

On our last quarterly call, I spent time discussing the acquisition of leaders and community alternatives or LCA. The leading private criminal justice organization in the United States, with industry leading full service offender based electronic monitoring programs to further strengthen our M2M business and save time. A global data security company with a broad range of competitive and well-known encryption and data profession solutions that has thousands of customers in the United States, Europe and Asia, Safend significantly strengthens our cyber security platform.

Subsequent to the end of the quarter, we closed on two additional acquisitions PowaPOS, a developer of fully integrated mobile and tablet-based retail and secure payment solutions. PowaPOS offers a simplified industry leading point of sale solution. It has been deployed in more than 20 countries around the world. In addition, we acquired Alvarion, a Tel Aviv based provider on autonomous Wi-Fi networks with a proven record of reliability and performance in over 25,000 sites in more than 95 countries around the world.

I’ll provide more color in each of these acquisitions including expected benefits, and I’ll discuss the progress we’re making in each of our four core divisions; eID, M2M, Fiber Security, and Payments.

e-ID, in our e-ID technology –[indiscernible] our core business. We have over 27 years of experience with 20 national governments providing us with expertise and background to successfully compete against larger industry players. While our competitors have thought to stalled our growing presence into larger scale customers, we believe that our customer focused approach and dedications providing value through two innovation will prevail, as it has many times in the past.

Time again to competitive procurement processes we have begun our competition in one large e-ID project in various countries around the world. The macroeconomic environment and commodity prices led to various levels of economic distress in some of our target countries and slowed our ability to deploy new projects in a number of regions where we are competing. Economic distress of our customers has also led to slower deployment on current projects. For example, on proper resources, for infrastructure from the government, we’re not available, and other various impacts to our financials.

The high temporary increase of import tax to help stabilize the economy of one of our customers reduced our quarterly gross margin on revenues from that customer to nearly zero. Despite these near-term challenges, we believe we are well positioned competitively and our systems will help government advance the development of their economy and provide them with new revenue stream when these projects ultimately move forward.

More and more global events are making our solutions a necessity, increasing threats from terrorist organizations around the world put in even greater focus on the importance of global security, border control and secure verifiable identification. Europe continues to face well documented challenges related to border security and existence of forge identification. Other countries including the United States are contemplating these challenges as well.

This situation supports the ongoing demand for our expertise and solutions. From time-to-time we faced challenges from competitors who contest projects awarded to us. These protest diverge the tension away from contract negotiations and delays are ultimately the detriment of our customers operations. We have successfully handled these situations on multiple locations and will continue to address contract process as they arrive. We are hopeful these occurrences will be less of an issue in the future.

M2M, in our M2M part of our business the accretive acquisition of LCA has helped us enhance our value proposition with over 25 years of experience tracking more than 15,000 offenders in the State of California. During the first quarter and subsequent to it, we made subsequent really significant progress integrating LCA into our core business and transforming our electronic monitoring business, with additional valuable expertise with a strong referenceable base of long-term government customers in the United States. We are well positioned to leverage and expand or electronic monitoring business globally.

The acquisition brings together LCAs ability to provide proven an industry leading full service offender based electronic monitoring programs and methodologies and SuperCom’s proprietary technology PureSecurity Technology suite to offer numerous advances over computing and incumbent technologies.

We have begun deploying SuperCom’s PureSecurity Technology Solutions into LCAs existing customer base. Since acquisition have closed, we have integrated SuperCom’s proprietary technology to successfully track over 200 offenders in the state of California. The tradition is going very well, in addition to providing a much more innovative, energy efficient, ultra long range, active RFID technology coupled with advance with the smartphone is the integration of PureSecurity also lowers LCAs equipment cost that directly improves our margins.

Furthermore, LCA with over 85 employees in California, many of which are bilingual English and Spanish have provided us the strong platform for all operations with SuperCom and its subsidiaries in America. A launch of a 24/7 monitoring center and tech support, full inventory management operations, training and project management resources are just the beginning of a growing and stronger infrastructure to grow our business in America.

Recently, we have also responded to increasing number of offenders for new electronic monitoring programs in the U.S., Latin America and Europe. These offenders ranging size from annual recurring revenues of hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars given our progress and communications with potential government customers and additional LCA we expect to accelerate the growth of this business in 2016 and 2017.

Earlier this month, we also announced the acquisition of Alvarion, a provider of autonomous Wi-Fi networks with a proven record and strong reputation of reliability and performance in over 25,000 sites in more than 95 countries around the world. Alvarion design solutions for career, Wi-Fi, enterprise connectivity, smart city, smart hospitality, connected campuses and connected events that are both complete and heterogynous to ensure ease of use and optimize operational efficiency. Careers, local government, and hospitality factors world-wide deploy Alvarion’s intelligent Wi-Fi networks to enhance productivity and performance.

In the past few years, Alvarion went through a transition from being a market leader of Wimax and backhaul services to being one of the most influential players in Wi-Fi based solutions.

Alvarion’s average annual revenue in recent years is approximately $8 million, with gross margins of more than 50%. The majority of these sales were generated to the company’s world-wide distribution network. Going forward, the high level of service and support will continue as usual by the Alvarion team. While new sales will be generated to both Alvarion and SuperCom’s global distribution channel. As a result of this transition, the annual revenue run rate from Alvarion’s products may grow [indiscernible] year levels within just a few quarters.

In consideration for the acquisition we paid $1 million in cash at closing and committed an additional earn out of up to $1 million over the next few years with certain milestones on that cyber security.

In our cyber security division, acquisitions of Safend and provision give us a platform of long-term relationships and deep expertise you can leverage in conjunction with our other product offerings for existing government enterprise customer base around the globe. We closed acquisition of Safend in March, so while it’s contribution in the first quarter was limited, we have made significant progress with integration have begun leveraging the synergies between the two businesses. Safend not only provides a broad range of competitive and well-known encryption and data professional solution, it also has established sales channels with more than 3,000 customers in the U.S., Europe and Asia and over 3 million proper licensees deployed by multinational enterprises, government agencies and small to mid-size companies around the world. Since acquisition, we’ve reached an annual run rate of the current bookings for existing customers of over $2 million.

In addition, to leveraging subsequent technology synergistically with our other divisions. We also now have the right expertise and necessary sales channel to jeopardize some of the proprietary technology [indiscernible] using internally, which could in the future provide us opportunities to introduce and cross sell additional cyber security solutions to this large and lower customer base.

And finally, we continue to be excited about our prospect and progress we are making in our mobile based division. The pilot programs we announced on our last quarterly call has been progressing as planned. As a reminder, we signed multiple memorandums of understanding in late 2015 to pilot our innovative technology in regions around the world, growing the existing presence and operational understanding enable us to deploy new solutions on top of existing e-ID infrastructures.

Our two months recent acquisitions of PowaPOS and Alvarion which closed the sequence at the end of the first quarter. Further strengthen or capabilities in our mobile payment division and extend SuperCom’s range of secure payment solutions and provide access to new customers and distribution channels for the company.

PowaPOS in the unique hardware solution that helps accelerate adoption of mobile point-of-sale technology. PowaPOS is a fully integrated mobile and tablet-based system integrating industry leading retail and secured payment solutions into one simplified attractive innovative POS platform. PowaPOS has deployed its products in more than 20 countries around the world and integrated by more than [indiscernible] provider.

In the first month following the combination with SuperCom, PowaPOS received orders more than $1.1 million from existing and new customers. This demand demonstrates the product leadership, innovation and support for the PowaPOS product and it’s part of the growing opportunity to small and medium business segment globally.

In summary, we continue to advance our e-ID, electronic monitoring cyber security and payment businesses every day to further position ourselves as a partner that can offer cutting edge technology, composites with deep expertise, acquired to experience in numerous customers over the long-term. This is a valuable intersection at which to be, not only because we can offer solutions in each of these domain, because each division is interrelated to the other. All are working together to produce a synergistic effect that amplifies our ability to build stronger, more valuable relationships with their customers around the world.

Let me provide a specific example of how these elements put together. Alvarion brought the SuperCom potential customer involved in a major sporting event. Historically, Alvarion provided access points creating a match network for wireless internet connectivity participants and spectators in an event such as this. But as a result of the combination with SuperCom, we have been able to significantly expand a specific opportunity. We’re now integrating PowaPOS mobile point-of-sale hardware solution and SuperCom SuperPay [indiscernible] more efficient commerce in and around this highly attended event.

We also integrating face mobile from our cyber security division into the offerings and encrypt and protect the application on the phones into the offering. Four different divisions and product offerings coming together into one united solution, increasing revenues and value of a potential customer and leading to more and more potential customers in the future.

Looking forward, we remain focused on integrating our recent acquisitions and leveraging synergistic technologies and share customers within our organizational structure. Earlier this month, we launched a new website to better showcase SuperCom’s expanded capabilities and the interrelationship between our different products and divisions. The initial feedback from the customers has been encouraging and will continue to strengthen our organization to faster more cross selling opportunities and greater awareness on full solution suite.

I’d like now to turn the call over to [indiscernible] our VP of Finance to review our financial results for the quarter. [Indiscernible]

Unidentified Company Representative

Thank you, Ordan. I will now walk you through our financial results for the first quarter. Revenues for the first quarter were $5.9 million compared to the first quarter of 2015 revenues of $5.7 million.

I will be presenting the rest of the financial results on an non-GAAP basis which excludes stock based compensation expenses, amortization of software, IT and customer contracts, amortization of customer contracts, expenses related to transactions and due diligences and changes and bad debt allowance.

For the full reconciliations from GAAP to non-GAAP numbers you can refer to the press release we issued this morning. Our gross margin in first quarter of 2016 were 17.7% a decrease from 71.7% in the first quarter of last year on a non-GAAP basis and below the 54.5% margin in the fourth quarter of 2015. The decrease was mainly due to a change in the gross profit mix derived from newly acquired subsidiaries with low gross margins in one particular contract deployments with low margin due to high import tax.

Operating loss from the first quarter of 2016 was $1.2 million compared to an operating income of $3.1 million last year, an decrease of $1.2 million from $0 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Net income was $0.2 million for the first quarter of 2016 compared to $2.6 million in the first quarter of last year.

Earnings per share were $0.01 in the first quarter of 2016 versus $0.15 in the first quarter of 2015. Loss before the interest tax depreciation and amortization for the first quarter of 2016 was $1 million compared to earnings before income tax depreciation and amortization of $3.1 million in the first quarter of last year.

Turning to the balance sheet, at the end of the first quarter, we have decreasing of cash and cash equivalent of $11 million compared to December, 2015. Trade receivables net decreased by $1.9 million by working capital decrease to $28.2 million at the end of March 2015, and versus $37.8 million at the end of December 2015 partially due to newly acquired subsidiaries in our shared buyback programs.

Shareholders’ equity decreased to $50.6 million at the end of the first quarter, down from $54.4 million at the end of 2015 due to treasury shares – due to our buyback program. During the first quarter, there had been several non-recurring items that impacted the profitability of the company, most notably we’re gaining some margin expenses of $2 million with regard to the Safend acquisition and reversal of bad debt expenses of $0.8 million.

In April 2016, we concluded further negotiations with OTI with respect to the [indiscernible] liability and other claims and entered into agreement with OTI. On the disagreement, the remaining national contractual earning amounts was reduced from $10.7 million to a maximum of $3.5 million, out of which en amount of $2 million was paid at the beginning of May 2016. And the remaining amount of $1.5 million will be subject to the original [indiscernible] mechanism. The settlement check which amounted to $0.5 million will be included in our Q4 financial segment.

In addition, at the end of last year, we took some services approach in our accounting and converted approximately $1.6 million of outstanding receivables from the customer to [indiscernible] debt and expense this in the income statement. During the second quarter of the year, half of this amount debt was selected.

With that, I will now turn the call to Ordan. Ordan?

Ordan Trabelsi

Thank you, [indiscernible]. The underlying fundamentals of our business remain intact and we continue to see growing demand for our growing line of products and solutions. The solutions we have brought to the market remain best in class and now resonate with customers' needs around the world.

We intend to continue to refine and expand our solution suite to better capitalize on existing government relationships and forge new ones expanding our global footprint and giving us more comprehensive integrated offerings to cross-sell. We continue to focus our efforts on our long-term margin improvement by providing a suite of related securities, identification, payments and location solutions to government, customer and enterprise organization around the world.

I firmly believe SuperCom is in improvement stable position. We have a growing pipeline of activity remained for our growing line of server and solutions is increasing. We already advance our driving attention and budget in direction that support our further outlook in our long-term prospect. We have a broaden suite of solution to sell to customers, developing our opportunity to reduce sales cycle and penetrate the market we are targeting.

Now we – that said, I’d like to open the call for questions. Operator?

Question-and-Answer Session

Operator

[Operator Instructions] And we’ll take our first question from Josh Elving. Please go ahead, your line is open.

Josh Elving

Hi Arie, Ordan,. I wanted to get a sense for – what the long-term gross margin outlook for the company is? I think the easy answer to what does the company look like with all these different acquisitions is, not a significant change to the gross margin, but clearly in the first quarter the gross margin was dramatically lower, and perhaps it was the vast majority of your revenue in the quarter was from that one customer with zero gross margins, but if that’s not the case, I understand there is a lot of integration work to be done. I guess maybe simplified, the question is, what does the gross margin profile of this company look like once these companies that you’ve acquired are integrated and at relatively full run rate?

Unidentified Participant

Okay, first of all, we believe that once we merge and consider the operations flow, which we already acquired throughout the third and fourth quarters, we believe that we’d be getting a 50% to 60% gross margin. We will have our financial margin going down because we’ve combined operational expenses, both from G&A for the marketing and R&D.

Josh Elving

Okay, so just as far as gross margin if I heard that correctly, you’ve said 50% or 60%?

Unidentified Participant

50% to 60% towards the fourth quarter of this year.

Josh Elving

Towards the fourth quarter of this year?

Unidentified Participant

Yes.

Josh Elving

Okay. Can you tell me in the quarter, can you give me any kind of a sense for the revenue breakdown between segments or perhaps how much of your revenue came from that country would be higher import tax?

Unidentified Participant

I mean we did not provide these kinds of breakdown to the [indiscernible] in general, we have more revenue from the U.S. and Europe related to our last year which was over 95% from Africa and Latin America, and I would say that we have much more than uniform from other divisions than the e-ID with more from the end-to-end [indiscernible].

Ordan Trabelsi

That means we’re not insignificant from that customer.

Josh Elving

Not insignificant?

Ordan Trabelsi

Yes.

Josh Elving

Okay. Perhaps you addressed this, could you break down the $2.6 million in benefits in other expense? Can you go through that again, what was in that number?

Unidentified Participant

Okay. I mean again we cannot break it down but we can say it consists mainly from a collection of [indiscernible] from the merger from one of our subsidiary.

Josh Elving

Okay, and then my last question then I’ll hop back in queue. Can you give me some kind of an estimate of where cash is today? I know that the first quarter ended, you had [indiscernible] at $1 million, Alvarion $1 million, the OTI settlement was $2 million. And so we’d be thinking…

Unidentified Participant

Okay.

Josh Elving

Go ahead.

Unidentified Participant

Okay. Again we cannot provide these additional information regarding [indiscernible]. In general, we believe that use of cash for the acquisition payment was $2 million for OTI. In fact our collection with our extended receivable, I believe, that we will see from now on growth in other cash.

Josh Elving

You say you’ll see some growth in the cash?

Unidentified Participant

Yes, yes.

Josh Elving

In the second quarter or beyond the second quarter once?

Unidentified Participant

No, I said I believe that from today we’ll see a growth in our cash.

Josh Elving

Okay. I’ll get in queue, thanks.

Ordan Trabelsi

Well, in fact after taking that account those acquisitions and the OTI earn out payments and as you collect more receivables that [indiscernible] in, we’ll see some growth with those profits.

Unidentified Participant

I guess I’d like to emphasize that most of the cash was used [indiscernible] before subsidiary buyback program that we have during the fourth quarter and the first quarter then for OTI and some other working capital, they are the two mixed together all those two things together.

Josh Elving

Okay, thank you.

Operator

And we’ll take our next question from Josh Nichols of B. Riley. Please go ahead, your line is open.

Josh Nichols

Yeah. Just going to press release, it says the company thinks that lot of the problems that’s one Q1 with the emerging markets for some of the e-ID customers have been resolved in Q2. What makes you think that’s the case given the commodity prices are still low, in fact the business in general for SuperCom…?

Unidentified Participant

Okay, I assume that – I think the, after when we described that two of our large deployments has experienced some delay due to customer inability to provide us with the right infrastructure as through the deployment. And as you can see now a [indiscernible] and we believe that we’d be able to complete that in the second quarter. So, those two deployments are back online and we’d be able to complete and immediately after that we will have the requirement revenue directly from each one of them.

The project that we have very low gross margin due to a major increase in taxes is still there, we will complete it I believe in the third quarter. And we do not expect any other very low margin as we had last time. I want also to emphasize that right now we have much more revenues from [indiscernible] countries say Europe, United States with more revenue from enterprises [indiscernible] sales cycle reduce dramatically from a manufacturer position and we do not expect this time a fluctuation on the gross margin going forward.

Josh Nichols

Okay. And so the company has been extremely acquisitive recently, are you still looking to acquire or do you think that it’s probably be better for the company start focusing on integrating these acquisitions and getting things realize…?

Unidentified Participant

Okay, as you allude probably I believe we have lot of work right now. We need to get the whole structure for us to provide a more [indiscernible] that’s exactly what we are right now. In fact it has two or three quarters collecting together to have all those products and solutions what together is our cash infrastructure [indiscernible] and support our all the products line we have as all the G&A [indiscernible] margin etcetera.

So you will see a major benefit of all these configuration in the fourth quarter which we believe will be back to a very reasonable gross margin revenue and other margin. As Ordan mentioned earlier, we have lot of insights now that each divisions doing two other and I believe that when we compare first our competitors we’re then among the few provider that can provide much more element in a simple solution with our competitor in e-ID or in particular to market.

Josh Nichols

Could you describe a little bit about you mentioned briefly about Alvarion and how the revenue could be more than it was previously just this year because things are looking good. Could you talk a little bit about the revenue opportunity in the gross margin profile of that business?

Unidentified Participant

For what company, sorry I couldn’t hear you.

Josh Nichols

Alvarion with recent acquisitions.

Unidentified Participant

Alvarion, okay. Okay, I mean with the markets [indiscernible] identity Wi-Fi product. And when we look at that we are trying to first of all have the overall personal [indiscernible] to perform together. We have to sell both product to enterprises and other organization. Together with that because we have solution Phase II deposit safety, healthcare and [indiscernible] we are combining Alvarion product in solution together with our product [indiscernible] more ability to provide the better for us with the lower gross margin and have profit for us.

So you mentioned our PL, we believe that in two quarters we will succeed or achieve the revenue, the others revenues of Alvarion in the last two years.

Josh Nichols

And for the gross margins you asked about over 50% of last two years?

Unidentified Participant

Okay, Alvarion gross margin is [indiscernible] during the last two years over 50%.

Josh Nichols

Okay. And then just some recent news that the African union some of the member states are going to be moving to this ePassport documentation. I was wondering what type of impacts that could have on the company’s existing business from the region and places like Tanzania?

Unidentified Participant

We correct that question, so we are working with the firm of this country. We believe it was one country but right now we are building for them their ePassport and we are talking to some of our government as well, those will be active with our ID or driver license. So, their decision to have a common ID sorry, ePassport, we’ll have I believe a very focused impact of our ability to increase our sales on the e-ID from [indiscernible] revenue every year for the considerable and source of which [indiscernible] gross margin.

Josh Nichols

Okay, I guess – what would the gross margins been for the quarter if you don’t have the impact of the import tax for one of your customers?

Unidentified Participant

I’d say that probably [indiscernible] 10% to 12% higher the gross margin. Well that is a rough calculation but I’d say about 10% to 12% additional gross margin.

Josh Nichols

Okay, thank you.

Unidentified Participant

Thank you.

Operator

And we’ll take our next question from Rob Stone of Cowen & Company. Please go ahead, your line is open.

Rob Stone

Hi guys. So, I have a follow-up to that, the last comment sort of a two part question. One is, it seems like your customer is sort of violating the agreement that you made with them when you signed this field by [indiscernible] necessary products coming into the country so the contracts no longer profitable. Can you – is there any recourse for that? Can you seek to readdress and how will you protect yourself from that sort of an issue going forward? And then from that last comment, it sounds like even without that contract in the mix the gross margins overall would have been quite low relative to what we’ve seen, how much of that is from low margin contribution on your recent acquisitions versus deteriorating margin elsewhere in the business? I mean I have a number of other questions after that, thanks.

Unidentified Participant

Okay. First of all as I said [indiscernible], I think that and fortunately we’re working with this customers for many years. There is a market change in custom fee and taxes was unfortunate and I don’t see we can get anything back from the customer but the customers realize the fact that those practices [indiscernible] we could have some conversion not as a state debt but I believe in some other contract or progress, because they realize that we started this contract [indiscernible].

Going back to your question about gross margin, okay there are three reason for our work with the low margin. It is called – one was the case of Latin America higher taxes, the second was the delay that we discovered earlier caused us the sale revenue to the second and first quarter while most of the costs were low. As you know, we cannot [indiscernible]. We had a lot of time, we’ve spent a lot of time trying to those people that are there to implement deploy and change the customer. So, we incur some additional costs into what we expect in our budget and that’s exactly that almost some cost with the lower revenue and it creates a lower margin.

Now what we’re showing is the contribution of the two divisions we have, one division LCA has the lower gross margin as we announced earlier and the new one, and fortunately we have due to some GAAP accounting process we had to put all costs in that we’re not able to recognize almost any revenue due to specific accounting network that we have to import this quarter.

Arie Trabelsi

Our deferred revenue in the face on business, but even though bookings are high the revenue recognize will be overtime and we’re not recognized in deferred revenues from previous year because of the transition currently.

Rob Stone

And if there is a mismatch between the timing of expenses and revenue recognition that doesn’t kind of imply that in some future quarter when you’re able to recognize those revenues that you would have higher than usual gross margins? You’re only talking about getting back to something below the margins you keep in last year but end of this year I understand that on a different mix of business but is it fair sort of a catch up of high margin of revenue [indiscernible]?

Unidentified Participant

Yes, okay. First of all as I said, if we take out the one time project in Latin America with the zero gross margin in particular and we increase on the LCA, when we increase our product sales to perform to LCA we increase our inter-company gross margin this is the second thing. The third thing we believe that on [indiscernible] 90% gross margin because it’s a filter business that we believe that [indiscernible] will increase. We’ll be able to decide for the quarter, we will see an increase in revenue with a very low margin and I believe in few quarters we will see that some things will contribute high revenue with the very high gross margin [indiscernible] today have over 60% gross margin.

So yeah, we believe that in two quarters we would be very high gross margin and with excellent solution to our customers.

Rob Stone

Great. I had a question related to Alvarion and network is a pretty large market and there is some other companies that comes to mind which are pretty, of course, remind a few figure like Cisco for instance. So what is the special thought that allows a company the size of Alvarion sort of an $8 million annual run rate to compete a large market in this way?

Unidentified Participant

Okay, first of all I’m sure that you know that Alvarion was bought two years ago we’re setting $250 million bucks a year. So it’s not that , being in a market of $40 billion to $50 million bucks a year which is a Wi-Fi market what you have to do is decide what are the vertical markets which where you have some unique advantages both in technology point of view and maybe from solution point of view. We already identified some of them and we are providing or refining our solution both for Alvarion and SuperCom division to solve this market face.

And as I mentioned earlier, Alvarion is among the best outdoor product, if you compare it to Cisco or the other providers you’ll see that Alvarion has among the best [indiscernible] and I’ll also personally advice from one point because [indiscernible]. So there is a lot of customer will certify again and again the same product.

Now, the other advantage that Alvarion has together with its controller that they have a lesser excellent performance and identity area [indiscernible] I guess exactly there that we’re also active with the other solutions, the payment, healthcare [indiscernible]. So if you combine together what Alvarion has in their product, together with additional features that we have in our solution both in the payment and e-ID together with that, we address specific market where we have a very unique product and we believe that for those vertical markets it will be very key player and will have an increased revenue.

Now while we’re comparing with Cisco in every area that we’re working with [indiscernible] is the area that Alvarion has comfortable product and as you know, a better product. Now if you look at the adjustable market, we talked about $10 billion, there also the $50 billion market for the right size, what you’re looking at is smaller market which is about $10 billion and we are feeling to be a key player of that.

Rob Stone

Great. I had a couple of housekeeping questions also please. One, you mentioned in the prepared remarks about buyback from shares, could you just tell us how many shares were repurchased and how much cash was used for that?

Unidentified Participant

I believe the number was about 1.2 million shares and that’s been reused between $6.5 million to $7 million to acquire those shares. Again [indiscernible] number but above $6.5 million $7 million.

Rob Stone

Okay.

Arie Trabelsi

You’re talking about the total number though, for all the shares in the program not just in the first quarter?

Rob Stone

Well, if you have the Q1 detail that would be helpful also.

Arie Trabelsi

We don’t have that currently.

Rob Stone

Yeah, okay all right. My last question then is with respect to accounts receivable which are around $17 million against the latest quarter not quite $6 million, can you provide some color on the aging of your receivables and why the balance is so high in relation to run rate revenue? Thanks.

Ordan Trabelsi

Yeah, okay. It doesn’t have – as you mentioned earlier - the last customer we had from the country that [indiscernible] but because our solution was critical, essentially we are much worried that they’re not going to pay with just the delay [indiscernible] and we do not see any reason and not collecting all the receivables that are right now our balance sheet.

Rob Stone

Okay, thank you.

Ordan Trabelsi

Thank you.

Operator

And we’ll take our next question from Marcel Herbst of Herbst Capital Management. Please go ahead, your line is open.

Marcel Herbst

All right, good morning. Thanks for taking my questions. Going forward after you have integrated your acquisition, what is your longer term normalized level of non-GAAP operating expenses?

Arie Trabelsi

I think it’s a bit of…

Unidentified Participant

Percentage wise I believe that we tend to have an overall around $2 million for the quarter of operating expenses.

Arie Trabelsi

I want to season a little bit, just a bit premature we’re still putting integrations with some of the new acquisitions? It’s still a little hard to tell what the merged operating expenses will be but towards the end of the year we won’t see that much more of significant everything that’s combined.

Marcel Herbst

Okay. And can you plot to the outcome of the safe mobile pilot with that large European enterprise that you announced in January and the two commercial that you announced this February?

Unidentified Participant

We cannot provide estimates but would say that that these kinds of pilots is providing us with the local information but besides the information that it’s going to that we are refining our products so we’d be able to just sell it to all other organization on an orderly basis. There were excellent customer front, so we’re testing this.

Marcel Herbst

So the pilots have concluded now or it is still to be decided that those will be followed by…?

Unidentified Participant

They are in process and we believe that the pilot face will be completed to result to [indiscernible].

Marcel Herbst

Okay. What customer percentage of your Q1 revenue would you characterize as recurring?

Arie Trabelsi

We haven’t broken that out in the press release. We’d further do that on…

Unidentified Participant

We did not [indiscernible] provided information that I would say that it should be similar to what we are last year on percentage wise.

Arie Trabelsi

We prefer to do it on annual basis because of some of the fluctuations but this quarter also had recurring revenues coming in from LCA which are also very valuable.

Marcel Herbst

Okay. And can you give feedback for a little color on your e-ID pipeline in particular, have your strategic focus now shifted completely to pursuing larger deals sort of let’s say 8 or 10, 8 out of maybe 10 deals are off the larger pipe or do you still bid on a significant number of smaller bread and butter type deals as well?

Unidentified Participant

I would say that our flexibility are further give opportunity to bid and participate in a very large standard and we came to the conclusion that it’s rare to get very large tender or process in gold mine inside of [indiscernible] but we still working with our distant customer providing done with the sales of the current revenue. But this is our opportunity on the large opportunities that we have around the glass with e-ID and we are continuing with this transition and we hope [indiscernible] contract.

Marcel Herbst

In speaking of the progression through the pipeline, are there any larger deals in the pipeline that you have already won in the contract negotiation face?

Unidentified Participant

[Indiscernible] one of those that we’ll probably put out on our press release, so right now we are in different stages and different proposals but none of them is in that position that we feel announce or to close our contract.

Marcel Herbst

All right, thanks. That’s it from me.

Unidentified Participant

Thank you.

Operator

And we’ll take our final question from Josh Elving of Feltl & Company. Please go ahead, your line is open.

Josh Elving

Hi, thank you. Couple of additional questions. First on just the cash balance, you talked a little bit about some of the different moving parts here, just want to make sure I have a really concrete understanding of expectations here. So, if I take cash, cash equivalents past restricted cash deposits as of the end of the first quarter that’s about $15 million. I believe there is about $4 million of additional identified uses of cash. We should have potentially some cash flow generation just from your normal course of business. And then is it fair then to assume, assuming we start to convert some of those receivables to cash, if we go from $15 million back on to $11 million that’s going to be kind of the base line or we should see that grow off that level, is that fair?

Ordan Trabelsi

Yes.

Josh Elving

Okay. And then quickly on California, there were some comments there about I want to say I heard 200s are currently being monitored in California, did you say that was on SuperCom equipment or that was a new win?

Arie Trabelsi

In California that was over 200 offenders being – that has been monitored on SuperCom equipment.

Josh Elving

Okay. And that was in the first quarter or is that adds today or?

Arie Trabelsi

Today there has been over 200, there is going to be much more specifically equipment is working well and integration is very effect as far.

Josh Elving

And that’s great to hear. And so those are LCA customers and just with regard to the LCA relationship they’re now using SuperCom equipment in those 200 are being monitored on the SuperCom equipment that…?

Arie Trabelsi

So 200 offenders have been monitored and they’re through LCAs relationships.

Josh Elving

Got it, okay. And then so much focus on the ID business is on Africa and obviously there has been a lot of rumors about the different countries within Africa and obviously there is a lot of economic challenge in parts of Africa. Can you talk about, Africa has historically been one of your focuses, is there a significant focus outside of Africa, can you maybe just touch [indiscernible] opportunities you see outside of Africa for ID?

Ordan Trabelsi

Okay, this is what I would say that Africa was in the past and today one of the main revenue generator for [indiscernible]. Together when you look SuperCom and the other division we believe that Africa is probably in the year 2016 probably will provide us less than 50% of our revenue and I believe which will go down in the [indiscernible] even to below 25%. We are aiming very strong on the Europe and United States for our security products, communication products and electronic monitoring products. Together with Asia which we have there a lot of countries with very large [indiscernible]. So we believe that will close to an increase amount of revenue from major for all our division.

Josh Elving

Right, just as far as…

Ordan Trabelsi

So as the year ago, Africa [indiscernible] and Latin America was almost 100% of our revenue, I believe their goals Africa and Latin America will be between 20% to 30% of overall revenue in the [indiscernible] 2017.

Josh Elving

Okay, but just specific to ID, I know you made a number of acquisitions and diversifying geographically but as far as ID, where do you see the best opportunities in ID going forward, it’s still in Africa or?

Ordan Trabelsi

So we right now I can say that what we are dealing with right now, we’re dealing right now with our lot of tenders and opportunities in Latin America, in Africa and in Asia – all of Asia as a large amount of opportunities, some of them are very, very large, so we are dealing there. Our less opportunity ID market in Europe mainly because most of the countries they have contract with very strong local European vendors like [indiscernible] but I would say that even Europe has large opportunity and we believe that we’ll take part of that.

Josh Elving

Okay. My last question, and you may have touched on I didn’t really hear that very well, but in countries where you’re being constantly challenged by some of your competitors, but you haven’t won a large contracts there couple of years now. At some point does it make sense to potentially partner with some of your competitors on opportunities in some of these countries in Africa or where would they maybe in the world?

Unidentified Participant

Okay, first of all we are always – when there is a need we partner with local companies or even international companies. We are in the past joint ventured with some of our competitors with opportunity I believe three months with very large competitor and one with the African country. So we never say no to opportunity, even if we have to work with our competitor, [indiscernible] and we’d rather and sometimes combination of what is the best solution for the customer. So but our case slightly different, I probably going to be [indiscernible] in the future.

Josh Elving

Thank you.

Operator

This now concludes today’s first quarter 2016 earnings conference call and webcast. Thank you for your participation. You may disconnect at any time and have a great day.

Arie Trabelsi

Thank you.

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