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.
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.
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.
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").
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