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Ceragon Networks (CRNT -5.83%)
Q2 2022 Earnings Call
Aug 01, 2022, 9:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. And welcome to the Ceragon Networks' Q2 2022 earnings call. [Operator instructions] I would like to hand over the call now to our first speaker today, Ms. Maya Lustig, investor relations.

Please go ahead.

Maya Lustig -- Investor Relations

Thank you, operator, and good morning, everyone. I am joined by Doron Arazi, Ceragon's chief executive officer. Before we start, I would like to note that certain statements made on this call, including projected financial information and other results and the company's future initiatives, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Ceragon intends forward-looking terminology such as believes, expects, may, will, should, anticipate, plans, or similar expression to identify as forward-looking statements.

Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause Ceragon's actual results to differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to those that are described in Ceragon's most recent annual report on Form 20-F and as maybe supplemented from time to time in Ceragon's other filings with the SEC, all of which are expressly incorporated herein by reference. Forward-looking statements relate to the date initially made, do not purport to be predications of future events or results, and there can be no assurance that they would prove to be accurate. And Ceragon undertakes no obligation to update them.

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Ceragon's public filings are available on the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at www.sec.gov and may also be obtained from Ceragon's website at www.ceragon.com. Also, today's call will include certain non-GAAP numbers. For a reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results, please see the table attached to the press release that was issued earlier today. I will now turn the call over to Doron.

Please go ahead.

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Maya, and good morning, everyone. To kick things off, as you may recall from earlier discussions, we outlined three strategic pillars to propel our business forward. Our first strategic pillar relates to our core business which is the best-in-class, all-outdoor, microwave and millimeter wave market segment. Our second strategic pillar involves the expansion of our business into open network architecture domains.

Our flagship product in this domain is our new virtual indoor unit, a first in the market that can also be used as a cell site router. And our third strategic pillar focuses on strengthening our managed services offering to deepen our relationship with our customers. In the second quarter of 2022, we experienced gains in market share particularly at the high end of the market. According to our estimates, Ceragon makes up approximately 25% of the market for best-of-breed solutions, the largest and fastest growing market segment, driven by increasing demands of networks as they transition to 5G.

This is the result of the execution of our strategic priorities. Starting with our first pillar, we witnessed the strength of our core business in wireless backhaul. A leading Tier 1 global operator serving multiple countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America selected our wireless backhaul solutions to expand their coverage to remote islands and strengthen their transport network. We also signed a new frame agreement with the Pan African Tier 1 operators for the first time in our history.

And we have already run a POC with them on our unique advanced space diversity feature. Having true global operators choose Ceragon is a testament to the reputation and performance of our core business. Our new virtual indoor unit will increase our market potential in our core domain, as well as in our second pillar, which is disaggregated cell site routing. This is a rapidly growing market segment expected to reach $400 million over the next few years.

The total value of the overall disaggregated cell site market will reach approximately $1.6 billion and signals even bigger potential. We see an opening to disrupt the market with our new IP-50FX product which helps us leverage the fast-growing open network trend. While the market has just begun to take off, we already have 216 units booked with average gross margins exceeding our overall margin profile. Finally, in terms of our third pillar, we have strengthened our managed services offering and deepened our relationships with our customers.

This offering is garnering increasing attention from operators, private networks, and carriers around the world and has become an important group of networks and carriers around the world and has become an important growth area for us. Managed services bookings for the first half of 2022 where roughly $8 million, which is already around 40% higher than our managed services bookings for the full year 2021. We also expect our software tools business to achieve continued growth with direct sales or as tools for our managed services business. We expect these new software tools to drive enhanced margins and recurring revenue as we take market share.

When it comes to our overall addressable market, it is growing. Demand for microwave transmission equipment is expected to increase over the coming years, thanks to 5G deployments which rely more on wireless backhaul than fiber. 5G spectrum auctions and launches around the world drive further demand. We believe we will see more 5G deployments in India, Latin America, parts of Asia, and Middle East, and Africa.

On the delivery front, in Q2, component shortages and the shipment costs were still a headwind across the industry. That said, we have begun to witness positive results from different initiatives we took to improve our operational and financial performance, which we will address later in this discussion. As a result of our actions, our Q2 gross margin rose to 30.5% compared to 27.7% in Q1 2022, while still lower than our 31.5% in Q2 2021. We expect to drive further revenue growth and margin expansion going forward.

We experienced healthy bookings across different regions and enjoy a very strong backlog. We expect that these backlog when converted to revenue will translate to a gross margin that's higher than in Q2, also thanks to the many gross margin enhancing initiatives we're taking. We're excited about the momentum that we're seeing across our business. That is because we know that our technology development capabilities are a key competitive differentiator.

Our ability to develop cutting-edge products in-house is rooted in our strong innovative culture and continuous investment in innovation. For example, as I mentioned earlier, we are the first to bring a virtual indoor unit to market that can also serve as a cell site router. This unit has demonstrated all elements of an open network, including radio units, software operating system, and networking units, fully aggregated and integrated as part of the true open transport and open networks. We just launched these products in February and have already begun seeing strong customer traction with orders received, as well as numerous trials and POCs during the first half of the year.

We're also enhancing our suite of revolutionary IP-50 products using our new radio chip developed in-house. These products are expected to be launched in 2023 and are expected to reduce bill of material costs by approximately 40%, allowing us to gain market share and drive higher margins. Further, we believe that our system-on-a-chip or SoC, our 5th generation chipset, is three years ahead of competing technologies in the market. We expect our SoC to generate significant cost savings and deliver enhanced performance.

Because it is developed in-house, it will be a key competitive advantage for the years to come. Being first to market with new chip technology is extremely important to our customers. We are in the productization phase of our next chipset while we estimate that our competitors and merchant chip manufacturers are only now introducing high-level concepts of their next-generation chips. We strongly believe that our strategy of developing chips in-house allows us to create better products, with superior technology and lower costs while remaining ahead of competition.

We expect this trend to continue. I'd now like to give you an overview per region. For the first time in our history, North America now represents the largest region for us, tied with India. In the second quarter, our bookings in North America represented 26% of our total bookings and grew by 38% over the first quarter.

When we compare this with our full-year projections, we see that we are on track to achieve bookings of at least 15% above our internal projections. Q2 was, to say the least, a record quarter. 5G building and rollouts are in full swing in North America in Q2. We capitalize on this momentum.

A leading Tier 1 mobile operator who is looking to maintain its position as the largest and fastest national 5G network is now utilizing our comprehensive portfolio of solutions, as well as installation services as part of their ambitious 5G network expansion projects. In Q2, we also made solid progress with new potential customers. We began to see signals of success in our new strategy to capitalize on the growth of private networks and rural broadband demonstrated by recent wins. In Q2, we continue to expand our activities with Tier 1 and Tier 2 operators, as well as expand services activities.

We onboarded new employees across the board to strengthen our presence and relationships with our customers. When we look at the future, we expect to continue to grow and add market share in North America, which will contribute enhanced overall margins. We have become the No. 1 wireless transport vendor in this region for Tier 1 operators.

And we expect to accelerate our growth among Tier 1 operators as part of broader 5G adoption and also increase our services portion in this domain. In addition, increased investment in rural broadband infrastructure is expected to drive our growth among small carriers, private networks, and wireless broadband providers in multiple domains. In India there is a highly dynamic regulatory, technological, and competitive environment. The market is gearing up for the rollout of 5G services countrywide.

The 5G spectrum auction started at the end of July. 72 gigahertz spectrum in many different bands are on sale. E-band frequencies are part of the 5G auctions, which presents a significant opportunity for us. We expect demand for E-band products to start ramping up in Q4 2022.

Our Q2 bookings were strong, and we see great potential in India. In Europe we had another strong quarter. Like in other regions, here, too, 5G private networks deployment are gaining traction, especially in Western Europe. We're making progress across the board with nationwide Q1 operators, as well as infrastructure companies that operate in rural environments.

Our revenues exceeded our internal projections, and we have strong backlog. That said, we continue to experience ongoing delivery issues. In APAC, the market is being ultra-competitive. In Q2, we focused on securing and growing existing accounts and to transform business to our new product portfolio to include solutions such as IP-50FX.

We also showcased our Disaggregated Wireless Transport Solution in the 2022 TIP Open Network Event in Indonesia. The response was phenomenal as the value delivered to operators is the utmost flexibility to achieve total cost of ownership savings. In Latin America, the impact of the pandemic has finally subsided. Despite some political instability, we see rising investments in different countries.

We have made progress in pushing our managed services offering, now discussing potential new arrangements with customers. We see very strong interest. 5G rollouts are starting in some countries while in other expansion projects are underway. Here, we are working hard to increase the traction of our market-leading IP-50FX product.

In Africa, we had a slow start to the year. That said, as modernizations, upgrades, and new routes are beginning to take place, we see many long-term opportunities. As I mentioned earlier, we signed with a Pan-African operator and have already run a POC. Before turning over to our financial results, I'd like to comment briefly about the current business climate.

The recent disruption to the supply chain has adversely impacted our financial performance. While these seem to be temporary headwinds and are industrywide, they have resulted in a significant slowdown in our backlog conversion into revenue and adversely impacted our gross margins. As I mentioned, we have been implementing a series of initiatives aimed at improving our backlog conversion into revenue and enhancing margins, including: adding surcharges, improving contractual terms with our partners, redesigning our products and subsystems to improve the pace of backlog conversion and reduce production costs, replacing one of our contract manufacturers, and streamlining the shipment process with the addition of new vendors. We are also increasing our focus on software and software upgrades, as well as maintenance contract sales.

It will, of course, take time until we start seeing more significant results. But I am confident that all these actions will contribute to more robust financial performance. Lastly, I'd also like to share that we are close to hiring a strong candidate for our CFO role with recent experience in our industry. We hope to be in a position to announce our new CFO in the next few weeks.

Now, the financials. To help you understand the results, I will be referring mainly to non-GAAP numbers. For more information regarding our use of non-GAAP financial measures, including reconciliations of these measures, we refer you to today's press release. Let me now review the actual numbers with you.

Revenues for the second quarter were $70.7 million, up by 3.1% compared to $68.6 million in Q2 last year. As I mentioned earlier, even though demand continues to be high, we are still experiencing component shortages and supply chain disruptions which impact our ability to convert our backlog to revenue. Our strongest region in terms of revenues for the quarter was India with $21.7 million, reflecting ongoing deliveries for our main customers and in line with the strong demand we see in this region. Our second strongest region in terms of revenues was North America with revenues of $15 million, followed by Latin America with $11.4 million.

Europe was fourth with $10.9 million. We had two above 10% customers in the second quarter. Gross profit for the second quarter on a non-GAAP basis was $21.5 million, giving us a non-GAAP gross margin of 30.5% compared to 31.5% in Q2 2021, and 27.7% in Q1 2022. Our improved gross margin in Q2 as compared to Q1 for this year was primarily due to the increased software portion, and certain reduction in our shipment costs, as well as other measures taken to reduce our BOM costs.

Operating expenses on a non-GAAP basis for the second quarter were $21.2 million, in line with our expectations. Research and development expenses for the second quarter on a non-GAAP basis were $7.5million, the same as in Q2 2021, and up from $6.8 million Q1 2022, as we projected. We expect our R&D expenses to remain relatively consistent for the remainder of the year. Sales and marketing expenses for the second quarter on a non-GAAP basis were $9.1 million, compared to $8.3 million in Q2 2021 and $8.5 million Q1 2022.

The year-over-year increase is primarily due to a boost in sales commissions, intensified face-to-face travel expenses, as well as investments in our salespeople in North America and Latin America. General and administrative expenses for the second quarter on a non-GAAP basis were $4.6 million as compared to $5.2 million in Q2 2021 and $4.8 million in Q1 2022. Financial and other expenses for the second quarter on a non-GAAP basis were $2.5 million, significantly higher than our expectations. The forex expenses came approximately $1 million higher than our expectations.

This is primarily due to our cash balances and accounts receivable in local currencies related to services and sales of local equipment, primarily in India, APAC, and Latin America, that have eroded due to the strengthening trend of the U.S. dollar during this quarter. Going forward, subject to a stabilized forex environment, we expect our finance expenses to be in the range of $1.5 million to $2 million. Our tax expenses for the second quarter on a non-GAAP basis were $0.3 million.

Net loss on a non-GAAP basis for the quarter was $2.5 million, or $0.03 loss per diluted share. As for our balance sheet, our inventory at the end of Q2 2022 was $60.7 million, up from $58.1 million at the end of Q1 2022. The level of inventory still reflects our need to stock long lead-time and strategic items as a combined result of increased customer orders and the ongoing component shortages. In addition, our decision to replace one of our contract manufacturers with minimum disruption to deliveries, also resulted in temporary inventory increase and impacted our cash flow and working capital.

We expect this impact to gradually decline in the coming quarters as we finish the transition period, and the new contract manufacturer is fully up to speed. We strive to keep our inventory levels lower and expect an inventory reduction as the components industry improves. Our trade receivables are at $122.7 million, up from $120.7 million at the end of Q1 2022. Our DSOs now stand at 152 days.

Our cash flow from operations and investing activities was higher than Q1 2022, and it was primarily driven by the changes we have been making to the composition of our contract manufacturers. We have $23.6 million of cash, and we have available unused credit facility of $18.1 million. Net cash used in operating and investing activities for the second quarter was $6.3 million. Net cash provided by financing activities for the second quarter was $5.0 million.

Looking forward, we are reaffirming our 2022 revenue guidance of $300 million to $315 million, and our 2023 revenue guidance of $325 million to $345 million. Our guidance is, of course, subject to potential downsides and upsides as we continue to address supply chain challenges facing the industry. Our five-year revenue target is approximately $500 million, and we also target increasing our gross margins to at least 34% to 36% over the same period. Finally, before turning to Q&A, I want to take a moment regarding Aviat's purported offer.

As you have seen, we have issued several communications reviewing our record of engagement with them and our commitment to serving the best interest of all Ceragon shareholders. Our position remains the same, and we do not have more to share on Aviat today. With that, I now open the call for your questions. Operator?

Questions & Answers:


Operator

[Operator instructions] Our first question today comes from the line of Alex Henderson from Needham. Please go ahead.

Alex Henderson -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

Great. Can you hear me?

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

Hey, Alex. I can hear you very clearly.

Alex Henderson -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

Great. I got a couple of questions. I just wanted to get some general gauge of -- on the first is, the book-to-bill in the quarter. And, really, I'm more interested in the half as opposed to the quarter because it's a better gauge, if you could.

How much were the orders up year over year? And what was the book-to-bill relative to sales in the quarter? Can you give us some sense of what -- where your backlog on product stands?

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, so, first of all on the first half, our booking were up approximately 15% higher than the second -- the first half of 2021. In terms of backlog, we have a very strong backlog. I will give you an approximate number. We are talking about over $170 million of backlog.

And the more important piece is that we analyze the gross margin of this backlog. And it is higher than the current gross margins of 30.5%, which is obviously very important. And that's even before some of the initiatives and actions we are taking to improve our gross margin further.

Alex Henderson -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

Well, going back to that -- Go ahead.

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

Just in terms of book-to-bill ratio, it's significantly above one.

Alex Henderson -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

Just going back to that question on the margin. Obviously, you're absorbing cost components and logistics components that are abnormal. Can you quantify -- give us some gauge of the drag on revenues and opex associated with, you know, the supply chain challenge?

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

I can give you some sort of high-level magnitude. I think that we are more or less I think that we are more or less 10% lower in terms of revenue achievement versus more normal condition, even a bit higher than that. I think we could be at the range of $80 million per quarter, if not having all these challenges of the supply chain. In terms of gross margin, as I said more than once, we're talking about 3% to 4%, sometimes even 5% gap, depends on the mix of the revenue by region and also the software element that is always added to our product revenue.

Alex Henderson -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

So, if you're talking about the margin on the backlog being higher than the current margin, would it be reasonable to think that as the component costs come back in that it's actually equivalent to somewhere in the 33 to 35 range, given that --

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, I think it's a reasonable assumption subject to the success of all of our initiatives.

Alex Henderson -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

OK. Going back to the shekel for a second, you guys hedged the shekel, I believe coming into the New Year around the January timeframe. You're fully protected against the shekel through the calendar year. If you were to look at the shekel where it is today, which is where you will reset on, you know, December 31st, looking out into 2023, what would be the impact of the shekel relative to your cost structure? And --

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

I think it would easily hedged between $0.01 to $0.02 to our EPS.

Alex Henderson -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

It seems like a small number, given the 15% to 20% swing in the exchange rate. Can you explain why that wouldn't be larger impact on your opex?

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

First of all, let's not forget, I was talking about EPS. And obviously, you have also the impact of the financial expenses that are actually also being hedged in our balance sheet. So, all in all, I think $0.01 to $0.02 on our EPS is reasonable. Yes, it could be higher.

Alex Henderson -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

Just going back to the point though, aren't your financial balance sheet exposure constructed in a period that would be paid out before year-end given the DSO timeline. I would think that you would be paid out by year-end, therefore, that shouldn't impact 2023, right?

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

Yes, that's correct. But, you know, I'm looking at Q3 -- sorry, Q2 numbers. And we actually had an opportunity to enjoy the weakening shekel against the U.S. dollar.

But the fact that we are also hedging our balance sheet has actually negatively impacted our numbers. All in all, the hedge on our expenses, primarily salary and other fixed expenses in shekel, is indeed hedged for a full year. And the balance sheet is basically hedged on -- between monthly to quarterly basis.

Alex Henderson -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

But again, that's a headwind to 2022. It falls out in 2023 because you pay out all of those -- you get paid that stuff before year-end. Therefore, assuming your future at the current level, that shouldn't be a factor, right? I mean --

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

Correct. Correct.

Alex Henderson -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

It sounds like that should be a positive year EPS in 2023, not a negative. Can you -- deferring the --

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

Correct. [Inaudible] 2023 --

Alex Henderson -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

Hold on, hold on, hold on. Just ignore the financial services side of it, ignore the balance sheet. What is the impact on just the opex, if we use this exchange rate versus what you're experiencing in '22 in '23, how big a positive is it? Because it's a -- should be a pretty material positive to your expenses, right?

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

Yes. If you're talking only on the operating numbers, indeed, it's going to be a couple of millions for the whole year.

Alex Henderson -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

Great. That's what I was looking for. Thank you very much.

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

Yeah.

Alex Henderson -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

I'll cede the floor.

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Alex.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of George Iwanyc from Oppenheimer. Please go ahead.

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

Hi, George.

George Iwanyc -- Oppenheimer and Company -- Analyst

Thank you for taking my questions, Doron. When you look at your 2023 and your five-year targets, can you give us a sense of how, you know, that's made up, like how much of that is coming from existing business, how much is coming from market share gains, and how much is coming from your new initiatives?

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

So, in terms of a five-year horizon, in terms of our core business, we expect a growth of a mid-single-digit percentage, which is slightly above the expectations of the industry growth. And on top of that, we expect a very significant growth in managed services and in the cell site router domain that will bring us to a CAGR of approximately 10% or a little shy of 10%.

George Iwanyc -- Oppenheimer and Company -- Analyst

OK. When you look at the competitive environment, can you give us a sense of like the momentum you're seeing in North America, what's driving that, how do you feel about competition on a global basis?

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

So, let's start with North America. We are very, very satisfied with our performance in North America, and not only by the recent orders we've been receiving from one of the three Tier 1 operators in this region. We are actually making additional steps in gaining more business from other operators with our unique solutions that can also fit into the concept of open run. And therefore, we believe that this trajectory of taking very nice business in the Tier 1 operators in North America will continue.

We are also taking market share in Tier 2 and Tier 3. Part of it is on account of existing competitors and actually beyond the growth that is reflected in this market due to the 5G rollout. When looking at the worldwide, I think that we see a very similar trajectory. But I would say that it is a bit still behind in terms of turning into orders.

Just to give you an example, with our IP-50FX, this virtual indoor unit, we're getting a lot of traction in Europe, but also in other regions, such as APAC. It doesn't turn into solid orders yet. But we are in a very advanced phases where we are showing different architectures and concepts of deployment that can save for the big operators a lot of money and improve their TCO dramatically. Obviously, in India, the spectrum bid was just finished.

And we are in multiple discussions with all of our existing customers of starting to provide with E-band solutions in accordance with their need. So, all in all, we see a very strong traction to our products. Obviously, the competition is there. It's not that it is evaporated, but I think once again, our superior technology and the mindset of serving the customer's needs is giving us many opportunities sometimes ahead of the competition.

George Iwanyc -- Oppenheimer and Company -- Analyst

Right. And, Doron, how do you feel about pricing, are you able to pass through any of the costs from either a one-time basis on the shipping side or, you know, having constructive discussions on the overall supply chain challenges you're having with your customers?

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

So, it eventually, it's a combination. First of all, we issued a letter of surcharge toward the end of Q2 to all of our customers. And obviously, as good partners, we are in dialogue with them. So, far, the initial signs are very positive.

Customers are receptive to the situation, understand that this is a strategic partnership that should last long. And the fact that they are very satisfied with our products and with our innovation gives us some sort of a benefit to discuss this situation calmly. In addition, obviously, in new RFPs, as well as in specific deals, we are discussing higher prices based on the current macro environment, especially looking into the increase in the shipping costs and obviously the component price increase that increased our BOM. So, all in all, it's not an easy process.

Our customers are usually very, very big. And their buying power is, by far, stronger than our selling power. But I think that due to our success in demonstrating time and again that our products are in most cases better with higher technology and higher capabilities is giving us some sort of a tailwind to discuss this situation calmly with the customers that tend to understand and to accommodate at least part of our requests.

George Iwanyc -- Oppenheimer and Company -- Analyst

OK. And my last question, just on the opex side, do you feel you've made all the hiring that you have to on the sales side, and you're at a headcount level that you're comfortable with right now? Or do you need to add any more people in any areas?

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

At this point, based on our plans for 2022, I think we're in good shape. I would just mention in North America, once again, seeing the huge demand and trying to basically capitalize on it, we have even slightly increased our salesforce there beyond our budget plan because we see the very strong demand and a very positive trend in this North America region.

George Iwanyc -- Oppenheimer and Company -- Analyst

Thank you.

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

Thanks.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Alex Henderson from Needham. Please go ahead.

Alex Henderson -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

Great, thanks. I actually have two different tangents of questions I wanted to ask about the -- first one is, as you've been talking to your customers given the macro conditions, have you seen any hesitancy, have you seen any pullback, have you seen any change in the number of signatures needed for closing deals, have you seen any stretching of duration, any impact on the macro front that's showing up in your pipeline?

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

The short answer is no, not at this time. Obviously, we are watching this thing very carefully because, obviously, things might change. It looks to me that the digitization and the 5G rollout, especially in those places and customers that decided to start moving forward, is continuing. And at this point, it's even beyond, so to speak, the initial recession signals we have seen in many parts of the world.

But we are very cautious and watching that carefully.

George Iwanyc -- Oppenheimer and Company -- Analyst

The second one is really on the Aviat situation. Obviously, it's fluid. Obviously, there's been a lot of tit-tat on the PR side of the equation. How should we characterize the ongoing negotiations and discussions with them? Is it just in the public press, or are you actually still having a back channel conversation with them? Is it something that is predicated only on getting the sale -- the shareholder vote done on the board seats at this point? Or is there more ongoing conversation that we should be anticipating that is showing some progress? And how would you describe their willingness to contemplate that 3.25-plus kind of a category on price that they had put out earlier? Obviously, if they were comfortable with 3.25 in November, one would think they would be even more so given how strong your backlog is built.

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

Alex, first of all, that was a very long question. And I'm trying to adopt the very good, you know, culture and DNA of the Americans not to interrupt it. But I do need to apologize. As I mentioned in my proposal -- prepared remarks, we are here to discuss our business and earning results.

And we ask that you keep your questions focused on these topics. We will not be commenting further on Aviat at this time. I apologize, Alex.

Alex Henderson -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

That's fine. Thanks for listening. Thanks.

Operator

You have no further questions. Please proceed.

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

Thank you. In closing, I'd like to reiterate that we are effectively executing our growth strategy. The initiatives we have taken and the tough decisions we have been making to improve our financial performance have begun to bear positive signs. We will continue to implement measures aiming to mitigate the impact of the ongoing supply chain disruptions and component shortages.

Like with any large well-established company, this was not the first storm we have faced, and I doubt that it will be the last. With strong market and technology drivers, skillful people, and a robust growth strategy, we remain confident about our short- and long-term business potential. I look forward to updating you further on our next call. Have a good day, everyone.

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Maya Lustig -- Investor Relations

Doron Arazi -- Chief Executive Officer

Alex Henderson -- Needham and Company -- Analyst

George Iwanyc -- Oppenheimer and Company -- Analyst

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