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Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Announces Results for Fiscal 2011 Fourth Quarter and Full Year and Provides Initial Fiscal 2012 Guidance

September 27, 2011 at 4:20 PM EDT

MELVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (Nasdaq:CMTL) today reported its operating results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended July 31, 2011.

Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 were $140.3 million compared to $257.0 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. As expected, this decline is primarily attributable to lower net sales in our mobile data communications segment which was due to lower MTS and BFT-1 sales to the U.S. Army. Sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 reflect significant MTS and BFT-1 shipments and deliveries to the U.S. Army.

Net sales for the twelve months ended July 31, 2011 were $612.4 million compared to $778.2 million for the twelve months ended July 31, 2010. The year-over-year decrease in net sales is attributable to lower net sales in both our mobile data communications and RF microwave amplifiers segments offset, in part, by higher sales in our telecommunications transmission segment. Excluding MTS and BFT-1 sales, net sales for the twelve months ended July 31, 2011 were $363.8 million as compared to $355.0 million for the twelve months ended July 31, 2010, representing an increase of 2.5%.

GAAP net income was $11.9 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 compared to $13.5 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. GAAP net income was $67.9 million, or $2.22 per diluted share, for the twelve months ended July 31, 2011 compared to $60.6 million, or $1.91 per diluted share, for the twelve months ended July 31, 2010.

The Company also announced initial revenue and earnings guidance for its July 31, 2012 fiscal year. The Company projects that revenues for fiscal 2012 will be between $400.0 million and $430.0 million and that diluted earnings per share will be between $1.20 and $1.32, which translates into Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $70.0 million to $75.0 million. This guidance includes the impact of the Company's repurchases of its common stock through September 23, 2011.

In commenting on the Company's performance and business outlook, Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Despite operating our business under extremely challenging economic conditions, I am pleased that we are were able to report solid results for the fourth quarter."

Mr. Kornberg added, "Our core business remains strong and we continue to manage our operations and cost structure to appropriately respond to the overall business environment. I remain optimistic about our future direction. We expect to continue to manage our capital wisely, including completing our enhanced stock repurchase program, paying quarterly dividends and pursuing a disciplined and opportunistic acquisition program."

Selected Fiscal 2011 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Metrics and Other Items

  • Backlog as of July 31, 2011 was $145.0 million compared to $338.1 million as of July 31, 2010. Included in these amounts, as of July 31, 2011 and 2010, is approximately $38.9 million and $181.7 million, respectively, related to the MTS and BFT-1 programs. We expect that a majority of the backlog as of July 31, 2011 will be recognized as sales during fiscal 2012. Included in our backlog as of July 31, 2010 were significant orders related to our MTS contract which expired on July 12, 2011.
     
  • Total bookings for the three and twelve months ended July 31, 2011 were $89.1 million and $419.3 million, respectively, compared to $184.0 million and $567.5 million for the three and twelve months ended July 31, 2010, respectively. MTS and BFT-1 bookings for the three and twelve months ended July 31, 2011 were $1.7 million and $105.8 million, respectively, compared to $99.2 million and $173.9 million for the three and twelve months ended July 31, 2010, respectively. 
     
  • Earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, including amortization of intangibles and stock-based compensation and impairment of goodwill ("Adjusted EBITDA") was $27.8 million and $135.5 million for the three and twelve months ended July 31, 2011, respectively, versus $46.8 million and $145.0 million for the three and twelve months ended July 31, 2010, respectively.
     
  • From the inception of its targeted annual dividend and stock repurchase programs, through September 23, 2011, the Company has paid $26.2 million of cash dividends to its shareholders and has repurchased 5,063,839 shares of its common stock in open-market transactions for an aggregate cost of $142.1 million (including transaction costs) with an average price per share of $28.07.
     
  • At July 31, 2011, the Company had $558.8 million of cash and cash equivalents. Net cash provided by operating activities was $97.4 million for the twelve months ended July 31, 2011 compared to $124.5 million for the twelve months ended July 31, 2010. The Company's cash and cash equivalents balance of $558.8 million does not reflect the repurchase of 766,331 shares of the Company's common stock, through September 23, 2011, at an aggregate cost (including transaction costs) of approximately $20.5 million, or a quarterly dividend payment aggregating $6.1 million which occurred subsequent to July 31, 2011.
     
  • The Company's effective income tax rate of 33.3% for the twelve months ended July 31, 2011 reflects net discrete tax benefits of approximately $1.7 million. The Company's effective income tax rate for the twelve months ending July 31, 2012 is expected to approximate 35.0%, excluding any discrete tax adjustments. During the first quarter of fiscal 2012, we reached a settlement with the IRS related to our federal income tax returns for the fiscal years ended July 31, 2007 through July 31, 2009, and we expect to record a net discrete tax benefit during the first quarter of fiscal 2012 of approximately $3.3 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, principally related to the settlement.

Conference Call

The Company has scheduled an investor conference call for 8:30 AM (ET) on Wednesday, September 28, 2011. Investors and the public are invited to access a live webcast of the conference call from the investor relations section of the Comtech web site at www.comtechtel.com. Alternatively, investors can access the conference call by dialing (800) 862-9098 (domestic) or (785) 424-1051 (international) and using the conference I.D. of "Comtech." A replay of the conference call will be available for seven days by dialing (402) 530-9025. In addition, an updated investor presentation, including earnings guidance, will be available on our web site shortly after the conference call.

About Comtech

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. designs, develops, produces and markets innovative products, systems and services for advanced communications solutions. The Company believes many of its solutions play a vital role in providing or enhancing communication capabilities when terrestrial communications infrastructure is unavailable, inefficient or too expensive. The Company conducts business through three complementary segments: telecommunications transmission, RF microwave amplifiers and mobile data communications. The Company sells products to a diverse customer base in the global commercial and government communications markets. The Company believes it is a market leader in the market segments that it serves.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information in this press release contains forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, information relating to the Company's future performance and financial condition, plans and objectives of the Company's management and the Company's assumptions regarding such future performance, financial condition, and plans and objectives that involve certain significant known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors not under the Company's control which may cause its actual results, future performance and financial condition, and achievement of plans and objectives of the Company's management to be materially different from the results, performance or other expectations implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include the nature and timing of receipt of, and the Company's performance on, new or existing orders that can cause significant fluctuations in net sales and operating results; the timing and funding of government contracts; adjustments to gross profits on long-term contracts; risks associated with international sales, rapid technological change, evolving industry standards, frequent new product announcements and enhancements, changing customer demands, changes in prevailing economic and political conditions; risks associated with the Company's legal proceedings and other matters; risks associated with the Company's BFT-1 contract, including the Company's ongoing negotiations with the U.S. Army and pending audit of its BFT-1 contract; risks associated with the Company's obligations under its revolving credit facility; and other factors described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

 
COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP.
AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
         
  (Unaudited) (Audited)
  Three months ended July 31, Twelve months ended July 31,
  2011 2010 2011 2010
         
Net sales $140,327,000 256,954,000 612,379,000 778,205,000
Cost of sales 81,396,000 174,422,000 371,333,000 507,607,000
Gross profit 58,931,000 82,532,000 241,046,000 270,598,000
         
Expenses:        
Selling, general and administrative 24,399,000 29,627,000 94,141,000 99,883,000
Research and development 11,970,000 12,054,000 43,516,000 46,192,000
Amortization of intangibles 2,027,000 2,011,000 8,091,000 7,294,000
Impairment of goodwill -- 13,249,000 -- 13,249,000
Merger termination fee, net  --  -- (12,500,000)  --
  38,396,000 56,941,000 133,248,000 166,618,000
         
Operating income  20,535,000 25,591,000 107,798,000 103,980,000
         
Other expenses (income):        
Interest expense 2,127,000 1,975,000 8,415,000 7,888,000
Interest income and other (544,000) (482,000) (2,421,000) (1,210,000)
         
Income before provision for income taxes 18,952,000 24,098,000 101,804,000 97,302,000
Provision for income taxes 7,064,000 10,629,000 33,909,000 36,672,000
         
Net income  $11,888,000 13,469,000 67,895,000 60,630,000
         
Net income per share:        
Basic $0.47 0.48 2.53 2.14
Diluted  $0.42 0.43 2.22 1.91
         
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding — basic 25,454,000 28,316,000 26,842,000 28,270,000
         
Weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding — diluted 31,300,000 34,071,000 32,623,000 34,074,000
         
Dividends declared per issued and outstanding common share as of the applicable dividend record date $0.25  -- 1.00  --
 
 
 
COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP.
AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
     
  July 31, 2011 July 31, 2010
Assets (Audited) (Audited)
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $558,804,000 607,594,000
Accounts receivable, net 70,801,000 135,840,000
Inventories, net 74,661,000 73,562,000
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 7,270,000 8,876,000
Deferred tax asset, net 11,529,000 14,947,000
Total current assets 723,065,000 840,819,000
     
Property, plant and equipment, net 26,638,000 33,727,000
Goodwill 137,354,000 137,354,000
Intangibles with finite lives, net 45,470,000 48,091,000
Deferred financing costs, net 3,823,000 4,675,000
Other assets, net 1,159,000 1,896,000
Total assets $937,509,000 1,066,562,000
     
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $23,501,000 77,844,000
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 49,858,000 53,398,000
Dividends payable 6,100,000 --
Customer advances and deposits 11,011,000 12,780,000
Interest payable 1,531,000 1,531,000
Income taxes payable 4,056,000 8,666,000
Total current liabilities 96,057,000 154,219,000
     
Convertible senior notes 200,000,000 200,000,000
Other liabilities 6,360,000 2,518,000
Income taxes payable 3,811,000 5,220,000
Deferred tax liability 2,101,000 2,973,000
Total liabilities 308,329,000 364,930,000
     
Commitments and contingencies    
     
Stockholders' equity:    
Preferred stock, par value $.10 per share; shares authorized and unissued 2,000,000 -- --
Common stock, par value $.10 per share; authorized 100,000,000 shares, issued 28,731,265 shares and 28,542,535 shares at July 31, 2011 and July 31, 2010, respectively 2,873,000 2,854,000
Additional paid-in capital 355,001,000 347,514,000
Retained earnings 393,109,000 351,449,000
  750,983,000 701,817,000
Less:    
Treasury stock, at cost (4,508,445 shares and 210,937 shares at July 31, 2011 and 2010, respectively) (121,803,000) (185,000)
Total stockholders' equity 629,180,000 701,632,000
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $937,509,000 1,066,562,000
 
 
COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP.
AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)
 
         
  Three Months Ended July 31, Twelve Months Ended July 31,
  2011 2010 2011 2010
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA(1):        
GAAP net income $11,888,000 13,469,000 67,895,000 60,630,000
Income taxes 7,064,000 10,629,000 33,909,000 36,672,000
Net interest expense and other 1,583,000 1,493,000 5,994,000 6,678,000
Amortization of stock-based compensation  1,380,000 2,958,000 5,357,000 8,716,000
Depreciation and other amortization 5,928,000 5,004,000 22,344,000 19,067,000
Impairment of goodwill  -- 13,249,000  -- 13,249,000
Adjusted EBITDA $27,843,000 46,802,000 135,499,000 145,012,000
         
(1)  Represents earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization of intangibles and stock-based compensation and impairment of goodwill. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP operating metric used by management in assessing the Company's operating results. The Company's definition of Adjusted EBITDA may differ from the definition of EBITDA used by other companies and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA is also a measure frequently requested by the Company's investors and analysts. The Company believes that investors and analysts may use Adjusted EBITDA, along with other information contained in its SEC filings, in assessing its ability to generate cash flow and service debt. 

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