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Descartes Announces Fiscal 2024 First Quarter Financial


Record Revenues and Income from Operations

WATERLOO, Ontario, May 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Descartes Systems Group Inc. (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX) announced its financial results for its fiscal 2024 first quarter (Q1FY24). All financial results referenced are in United States (US) currency and, unless otherwise indicated, are determined in accordance with US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

“The Global Logistics Network (GLN) continues to help shippers, carriers and logistics services providers benefit from more efficient supply chains and logistics operations,” said Edward J. Ryan, Descartes’ CEO. “Our customers’ successes with the GLN have put us in a strong position to continue to invest in our business for the future. We continue to add more services for our customers to manage the complete lifecycle of shipments, such as our recent acquisition of Localz.”

Q1FY24 Financial Results
As described in more detail below, key financial highlights for Q1FY24 included:

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Revenues of $136.6 million, up 17% from $116.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2023 (Q1FY23) and up 9% from $125.1 million in the previous quarter (Q4FY23);Revenues were comprised of services revenues of $124.1 million (91% of total revenues), professional services and other revenues of $11.5 million (8% of total revenues) and license revenues of $1.0 million (1% of total revenues). Services revenues were up 21% from $102.8 million in Q1FY23 and up 9% from $113.4 million in Q4FY23;Cash provided by operating activities of $48.9 million, up 10% from $44.4 million in Q1FY23 and down from $50.6 million in Q4FY23;Income from operations of $36.5 million, up 19% from $30.6 million in Q1FY23 and up 9% from $33.6 million in Q4FY23;Net income of $29.4 million, up 27% from $23.1 million in Q1FY23 and down from $29.8 million in Q4FY23. Net income as a percentage of revenues was 22%, compared to 20% in Q1FY23 and 24% in Q4FY23;Earnings per share on a diluted basis of $0.34, up 26% from $0.27 in Q1FY23 and consistent with $0.34 in Q4FY23; andAdjusted EBITDA of $57.7 million, up 13% from $51.2 million in Q1FY23 and up 4% from $55.4 million in Q4FY23. Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues was 42%, compared to 44% in both Q1FY23 and Q4FY23.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues are non-GAAP financial measures provided as a complement to financial results presented in accordance with GAAP. We define Adjusted EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation (for which we include related fees and taxes) and other charges (for which we include restructuring charges and acquisition-related expenses). These items are considered by management to be outside Descartes’ ongoing operational results. We define Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues as the quotient, expressed as a percentage, from dividing Adjusted EBITDA for a period by revenues for the corresponding period. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues to net income determined in accordance with GAAP is provided later in this release.

The following table summarizes Descartes’ results in the categories specified below over the past 5 fiscal quarters (unaudited; dollar amounts, other than per share amounts, in millions):

FY24 Q4
FY23 Q3
FY23 Q2
FY23 Q1
FY23 Revenues136.6 125.1 121.5 123.0 116.4 Services revenues124.1 113.4 110.1 109.4 102.8 Gross margin76%77%77%77%76%Cash provided by operating activities48.9 50.6 50.9 46.4 44.4 Income from operations36.5 33.6 34.8 31.5 30.6 Net income29.4 29.8 26.5 22.9 23.1 Net income as a % of revenues22%24%22%19%20%Earnings per diluted share0.34 0.34 0.31 0.27 0.27 Adjusted EBITDA57.7 55.4 54.5 54.0 51.2 Adjusted EBITDA as a % of revenues42%44%45%44%44%           

Cash Position
At April 30, 2023, Descartes had $182.2 million in cash. Cash decreased by $94.2 million in Q1FY24. The table set forth below provides a summary of cash flows for Q1FY24 in millions of dollars:

 Q1FY24 Cash provided by operating activities48.9 Additions to property and equipment(1.2)Acquisitions of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired(142.7)Net proceeds from the issuance of common shares0.5 Effect of foreign exchange rate on cash0.3 Net change in cash(94.2)Cash, beginning of period276.4 Cash, end of period182.2    

Acquisition of GroundCloud
On February 14, 2023, Descartes acquired all of the shares of Windigo Logistics, Inc., doing business as GroundCloud (“GroundCloud”), a cloud-based provider of final-mile carrier solutions and road safety compliance tools. The purchase price for the acquisition was approximately $136.8 million, net of cash acquired, which was funded from cash on hand, plus potential performance-based contingent consideration of up to $80.0 million based on GroundCloud achieving revenue-based targets over the first two years post-acquisition.

Acquisition of Localz
On April 20, 2023, Descartes acquired substantially all of the assets of Localz Pty Ltd.(“Localz”), a cloud-based customer engagement platform for day-of-service interaction and order management. The purchase price for the acquisition was approximately $5.9 million, net of cash acquired, which was funded from cash on hand.

Conference Call
Members of Descartes’ executive management team will host a conference call to discuss the company’s financial results at 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 31. Designated numbers are +1 416 764 8658 for North America and +1 888 886 7786 for international, using conference ID 95079934#.

The company will simultaneously conduct an audio webcast on the Descartes website at Phone conference dial-in or webcast login is required approximately 10 minutes beforehand.

Replays of the conference call will be available until June 7, 2023, by dialling +1 416 764 8692 or Toll-Free for North America using +1 877 674 7070 with Playback Passcode: 079934#. An archived replay of the webcast will be available at

About Descartes
Descartes (Nasdaq: DSGX) (TSX:DSG) is the global leader in providing on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions focused on improving the productivity, performance and security of logistics-intensive businesses. Customers use our modular, software-as-a-service solutions to route, schedule, track and measure delivery resources; plan, allocate and execute shipments; rate, audit and pay transportation invoices; access global trade data; file customs and security documents for imports and exports; and complete numerous other logistics processes by participating in the world’s largest, collaborative multimodal logistics community. Our headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and we have offices and partners around the world. Learn more at and connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.  

Descartes Investor Contact:
Laurie McCauley +1-519-746-2969

Safe Harbor Statement
This release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (“forward-looking statements”) that relates to Descartes’ expectations concerning future revenues and earnings, and our projections for any future reductions in expenses or growth in margins and generation of cash; our assessment of the potential impact of geopolitical events such as the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine (the “Ukraine Conflict”), or other potentially catastrophic events, such as the spread of the COVID-19 virus (the “Pandemic”) on our business, results of operations and financial condition; continued growth and acquisitions including our assessment of any increased opportunity for our products and services as a result of trends in the logistics and supply chain industries; rate of profitable growth and Adjusted EBITDA margin operating range; demand for Descartes’ solutions; growth of Descartes’ Global Logistics Network (“GLN”); customer buying patterns; customer expectations of Descartes; development of the GLN and the benefits thereof to customers; and other matters. These forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions including the following: global shipment volumes continuing at levels generally consistent with those experienced historically; the Ukraine Conflict and the Pandemic not having a material negative impact on shipment volumes or on the demand for the products and services of Descartes by its customers and the ability of those customers to continue to pay for those products and services; countries continuing to implement and enforce existing and additional customs and security regulations relating to the provision of electronic information for imports and exports; countries continuing to implement and enforce existing and additional trade restrictions and sanctioned party lists with respect to doing business with certain countries, organizations, entities and individuals; Descartes’ continued operation of a secure and reliable business network; the stability of general economic and market conditions, currency exchange rates, and interest rates; equity and debt markets continuing to provide Descartes with access to capital; Descartes’ continued ability to identify and source attractive and executable business combination opportunities; Descartes’ ability to develop solutions that keep pace with the continuing changes in technology, and our continued compliance with third party intellectual property rights. These assumptions may prove to be inaccurate. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Descartes, or developments in Descartes’ business or industry, to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, Descartes’ ability to successfully identify and execute on acquisitions and to integrate acquired businesses and assets, and to predict expenses associated with and revenues from acquisitions; the impact of network failures, information security breaches or other cyber-security threats; disruptions in the movement of freight and a decline in shipment volumes including as a result of contagious illness outbreaks; a deterioration of general economic conditions or instability in the financial markets accompanied by a decrease in spending by our customers; the ability to attract and retain key personnel and the ability to manage the departure of key personnel and the transition of our executive management team; changes in trade or transportation regulations that currently require customers to use services such as those offered by Descartes; changes in customer behaviour and expectations; Descartes’ ability to successfully design and develop enhancements to our products and solutions; departures of key customers; the impact of foreign currency exchange rates; Descartes’ ability to retain or obtain sufficient capital in addition to its debt facility to execute on its business strategy, including its acquisition strategy; disruptions in the movement of freight; the potential for future goodwill or intangible asset impairment as a result of other-than-temporary decreases in Descartes’ market capitalization; and other factors and assumptions discussed in the section entitled, “Certain Factors That May Affect Future Results” in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Ontario Securities Commission and other securities commissions across Canada, including Descartes’ most recently filed Management’s Discussion and Analysis. If any such risks actually occur, they could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition or results of operations. In that case, the trading price of our common shares could decline, perhaps materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management’s current expectations and plans relating to the future. Readers are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. We do not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in our expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by law.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures – Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues

We prepare and release quarterly unaudited and annual audited financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. We also disclose and discuss certain non-GAAP financial information, used to evaluate our performance, in this and other earnings releases and investor conference calls as a complement to results provided in accordance with GAAP. We believe that current shareholders and potential investors in our company use non-GAAP financial measures, such as Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues, in making investment decisions about our company and measuring our operational results.

The term “Adjusted EBITDA” refers to a financial measure that we define as earnings before certain charges that management considers to be non-operating expenses and which consist of interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation (for which we include related fees and taxes) and other charges (for which we include restructuring charges and acquisition-related expenses). Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues divides Adjusted EBITDA for a period by the revenues for the corresponding period and expresses the quotient as a percentage.

Management considers these non-operating expenses to be outside the scope of Descartes’ ongoing operations and the related expenses are not used by management to measure operations. Accordingly, these expenses are excluded from Adjusted EBITDA, which we reference to both measure our operations and as a basis of comparison of our operations from period-to-period. Management believes that investors and financial analysts measure our business on the same basis, and we are providing the Adjusted EBITDA financial metric to assist in this evaluation and to provide a higher level of transparency into how we measure our own business. However, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues are non-GAAP financial measures and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues should not be construed as a substitute for net income determined in accordance with GAAP or other non-GAAP measures that may be used by other companies, such as EBITDA. The use of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues does have limitations. In particular, we have completed six acquisitions since the beginning of fiscal 2023 and may complete additional acquisitions in the future that will result in acquisition-related expenses and restructuring charges. As these acquisition-related expenses and restructuring charges may continue as we pursue our consolidation strategy, some investors may consider these charges and expenses as a recurring part of operations rather than expenses that are not part of operations.

The table below reconciles Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues to net income reported in our unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations for Q1FY24, Q4FY23, Q3FY23, Q2FY23, and Q1FY23, which we believe is the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

(US dollars in millions)Q1FY24 Q4FY23 Q3FY23 Q2FY23 Q1FY23 Net income, as reported on Consolidated Statements of Operations29.4 29.8 26.5 22.9 23.1 Adjustments to reconcile to Adjusted EBITDA:     Interest expense0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 Investment income(1.6)(2.8)(1.1)(0.5)(0.2)Income tax expense8.4 6.3 9.0 8.8 7.4 Depreciation expense1.3 1.4 1.3 1.3 1.2 Amortization of intangible assets14.7 14.3 14.7 16.1 15.1 Stock-based compensation and related taxes3.3 3.6 3.6 3.8 2.9 Other charges1.9 2.5 0.2 1.3 1.4 Adjusted EBITDA57.7 55.4 54.5 54.0 51.2       Revenues136.6 125.1 121.5 123.0 116.4 Net income as % of revenues22%24%22%19%20%Adjusted EBITDA as % of revenues42%44%45%44%44%      

The Descartes Systems Group Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(US dollars in thousands; US GAAP; Unaudited)

 April 30, January 31,  2023 2023 ASSETS  CURRENT ASSETS  Cash182,187 276,385 Accounts receivable (net)  Trade50,134 45,173 Other11,330 11,658 Prepaid expenses and other28,525 24,676 Inventory1,352 759  273,528 358,651 OTHER LONG-TERM ASSETS22,085 22,247 PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, NET11,347 11,434 RIGHT-OF-USE ASSETS6,383 6,774 DEFERRED INCOME TAXES4,594 11,483 INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET295,294 229,808 GOODWILL759,867 675,647  1,373,098 1,316,044 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY  CURRENT LIABILITIES   Accounts payable12,373 10,569 Accrued liabilities102,900 80,309 Lease obligations3,376 3,397 Income taxes payable5,963 7,536 Deferred revenue75,018 67,784  199,630 169,595 LONG-TERM DEBT- – LEASE OBLIGATIONS3,493 3,923 DEFERRED REVENUE1,572 1,615 INCOME TAXES PAYABLE7,009 6,120 DEFERRED INCOME TAXES29,157 35,400  240,861 216,653    SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY  Common shares – unlimited shares authorized; Shares issued and outstanding totaled 85,078,029 at April 30, 2023 (January 31, 2023 – 84,820,100)546,274 538,448 Additional paid-in capital482,214 486,551 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)(30,452)(30,456)Retained earnings134,201 104,848  1,132,237 1,099,391  1,373,098 1,316,044      

The Descartes Systems Group Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(US dollars in thousands, except per share and weighted average share amounts; US GAAP; Unaudited)

 Three Months Ended
  April 30, April 30,  2023 2022    REVENUES136,614 116,395 COST OF REVENUES32,885 27,823 GROSS MARGIN103,729 88,572 EXPENSES  Sales and marketing17,053 13,236 Research and development20,067 16,569 General and administrative13,444 11,642 Other charges1,933 1,482 Amortization of intangible assets14,674 15,048  67,171 57,977 INCOME FROM OPERATIONS36,558 30,595 INTEREST EXPENSE(337)(278)INVESTMENT INCOME1,561 153 INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES37,782 30,470 INCOME TAX EXPENSE   Current7,621 4,841 Deferred808 2,514  8,429 7,355 NET INCOME29,353 23,115 EARNINGS PER SHARE  Basic0.35 0.27 Diluted0.34 0.27 WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING (thousands)  Basic84,949 84,765 Diluted86,746 86,348      

The Descartes Systems Group Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(US dollars in thousands; US GAAP; Unaudited)

 Three Months Ended
  April 30, April 30,  2023 2022 OPERATING ACTIVITIES  Net income29,353 23,115 Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:  Depreciation1,265 1,245 Amortization of intangible assets14,674 15,048 Stock-based compensation expense2,919 2,787 Other non-cash operating activities220 (17)Deferred tax expense808 2,514 Changes in operating assets and liabilities(384)(260)Cash provided by operating activities48,855 44,432 INVESTING ACTIVITIES  Additions to property and equipment(1,203)(1,636)Acquisition of subsidiaries, net of cash acquired(142,700)(42,892)Cash used in investing activities(143,903)(44,528)FINANCING ACTIVITIES  Payment of debt issuance costs(39)(66)Issuance of common shares for cash, net of issuance costs5,455 388 Payment of withholding taxes on net share settlements(4,886)- Cash provided by financing activities530 322 Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash320 (1,884)Decrease in cash(94,198)(1,658)Cash, beginning of period276,385 213,437 Cash, end of period182,187 211,779 Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:  Cash paid during the period for interest- – Cash paid during the period for income taxes8,218 4,094      

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