Net sales were $935 million in the third quarter of 2017 compared to $904 million in the third quarter of 2016. Net sales in the Enterprise segment were $611 million in the third quarter of 2017 compared with $605 million in the third quarter of 2016. Legacy Zebra segment net sales were $325 million in the third quarter of 2017 compared to $301 million in the prior year period. Third quarter 2017 gross profit was $429 million compared to $414 million in the comparable prior year period. Net loss for the third quarter of 2017 was $(12) million, or $(0.23) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $(83) million, or $(1.61) per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2016.
“In the third quarter, we drove higher sales across our major product categories. Our team managed costs well, enabling us to exceed the high end of our profit expectations. We also began executing on our debt restructuring plan, which significantly reduces interest costs,” said Anders Gustafsson, CEO of Zebra Technologies. “Looking ahead to Q4, we expect strong operating performance and free cash flow to enable at least $300 million of debt paydown for the year. We continue to advance our Enterprise Asset Intelligence strategy through our leading portfolio of innovative products and Savanna, our IoT data intelligence platform.”
Consolidated adjusted net sales were $936 million in the third quarter of 2017 compared to $906 million in the prior year period, an increase of 3.3%. Consolidated organic net sales growth for the third quarter was 5.9%, reflecting growth across all regions, most notably Latin America, EMEA, and North America.Third-quarter year-over-year organic net sales growth was 5.5% in the Enterprise segment and 6.6% in the Legacy Zebra segment.
Consolidated adjusted gross margin for the third quarter of 2017 was 46.0%, compared to 45.9% in the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2017 increased to $180 million, or 19.2% of adjusted net sales, compared to $164 million, or 18.1% of adjusted net sales, for the third quarter of 2016.
Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter of 2017 was $101 million, or $1.87 per diluted share, compared with $75 million, or $1.43 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2016.
As of September 30, 2017, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $88 million and total debt of $2.5 billion. Free cash flow was $174 million for the first nine months of 2017.
The company expects fourth-quarter 2017 adjusted net sales to increase approximately 3% to 6% from adjusted net sales of $944 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be approximately 19% to 20% for the fourth quarter 2017, favorable to the prior year period. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $2.00 to $2.20, assuming an effective tax rate in the low- to mid-20% range. Additionally, for the full year 2017, the company continues to expect to reduce total debt balances by at least $300 million.