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Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Announces Results for the Third Quarter of Fiscal 2013 and Provides Updated Fiscal 2013 Guidance

June 6, 2013 at 4:16 PM EDT

MELVILLE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- June 6, 2013 -- Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL) today reported its operating results for the three and nine months ended April 30, 2013.

Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 were $69.9 million compared to $99.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2012. The period-over-period decrease in net sales is due to lower net sales in our mobile data communications and RF microwave amplifiers segments and, to a much lesser extent, our telecommunications transmission segment. GAAP net income was $2.9 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 as compared to $6.1 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

Net sales for the nine months ended April 30, 2013 were $235.4 million compared to $312.3 million for the nine months ended April 30, 2012. GAAP net income was $12.7 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, for the nine months ended April 30, 2013 as compared to $24.5 million, or $1.04 per diluted share, for the nine months ended April 30, 2012.

The Company also announced that it is updating its fiscal 2013 revenue guidance to a range of $310.0 million to $320.0 million and its fiscal 2013 GAAP diluted earnings per share guidance to a range of $0.86 to $0.92. Adjusted EBITDA for fiscal 2013 is expected to be between $49.0 million and $51.0 million. The updated diluted earnings per share guidance reflects the impact of the Company's repurchases of common stock through June 5, 2013.

In commenting on the Company's performance and updated fiscal 2013 guidance, Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Despite difficult market conditions, we are pleased with our overall third quarter results, particularly the receipt of several strategically important new contracts. For the first time this fiscal year, our quarterly book-to-bill ratio exceeded 1.0, and we expect the same to be the case in the fourth quarter."

Mr. Kornberg added, "We are excited about our long-term business prospects and we are confident that we are on the right path to achieve revenue and earnings growth in fiscal 2014."

Selected Fiscal 2013 Third Quarter Financial Metrics and Other Items

  • Backlog as of April 30, 2013 was $130.1 million compared to $126.4 million as of January 31, 2013.
  • Total bookings for the three and nine months ended April 30, 2013 were $73.6 million and $211.5 million, respectively, compared to $110.9 million and $304.7 million for the three and nine months ended April 30, 2012, respectively.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $9.6 million and $38.2 million for the three and nine months ended April 30, 2013, respectively, as compared to $15.4 million and $54.6 million for the three and nine months ended April 30, 2012, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA is a Non-GAAP financial measure and is defined in the below table.
  • The Company's effective income tax rate for the three months ended April 30, 2013 was 22.3%, which reflects a discrete tax benefit of approximately $0.5 million. The Company's effective income tax rate for the twelve months ending July 31, 2013 is expected to approximate 35.5%, excluding discrete tax adjustments.
  • During the three months ended April 30, 2013, the Company repurchased 542,495 shares of its common stock at an aggregate cost of approximately $13.8 million (including transaction costs).
  • At April 30, 2013, the Company had $342.2 million of cash and cash equivalents which does not reflect the subsequent repurchase of an additional 95,888 shares of the Company's common stock for an aggregate cost of approximately $2.5 million (including transaction costs) from May 1, 2013 through June 5, 2013 or the quarterly dividend payment of $4.5 million which was paid on May 21, 2013. Since establishing the Company's first repurchase program on September 23, 2010, the Company has repurchased a total of 12,389,303 shares of common stock for approximately $365.7 million (including transaction costs). The Company can make additional repurchases of up to $34.6 million pursuant to its existing $50.0 million stock repurchase program.
  • Additional information about the Company's updated fiscal 2013 guidance is contained in the Company's third quarter investor presentation which is located on the Company's website at www.comtechtel.com.

Conference Call

The Company has scheduled an investor conference call for 8:30 AM (ET) on Friday, June 7, 2013. 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 (866) 952-1906 (domestic), or (785) 424-1825 (international) and using the conference I.D. of "Comtech." A replay of the conference call will be available for seven days by dialing (800) 283-4593 or (402) 220-0872. In addition, an updated investor presentation, including earnings guidance, is available on the Company's web site.

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 certain U.S. government investigations; risks associated with the Company's BFT-1 contracts and the post-award audit of its original 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.

COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP.

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

     
Three months ended April 30,   Nine months ended April 30,  
2013   2012 2013 2012
 
Net sales $ 69,856,000 99,793,000 235,386,000 312,295,000
Cost of sales 38,429,000   58,115,000   129,916,000   177,921,000  
Gross profit 31,427,000   41,678,000   105,470,000   134,374,000  
 
Expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 15,374,000 20,005,000 47,617,000 63,749,000
Research and development 9,080,000 9,481,000 28,407,000 28,609,000
Amortization of intangibles 1,582,000   1,626,000   4,746,000   5,037,000  
26,036,000   31,112,000   80,770,000   97,395,000  
 
Operating income 5,391,000 10,566,000 24,700,000 36,979,000
 
Other expenses (income):
Interest expense 2,009,000 2,192,000 6,150,000 6,521,000
Interest income and other (287,000 ) (370,000 ) (878,000 ) (1,300,000 )
 
Income before provision for income taxes 3,669,000 8,744,000 19,428,000 31,758,000
Provision for income taxes 817,000   2,678,000   6,776,000   7,270,000  
 
Net income $ 2,852,000   6,066,000   12,652,000   24,488,000  
 
Net income per share:
Basic $ 0.17   0.32   0.74   1.18  
Diluted $ 0.17   0.29   0.69   1.04  
 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding — basic 16,731,000   18,853,000   17,141,000   20,746,000  
 
Weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding — diluted 16,827,000   24,910,000   23,221,000   26,724,000  
 
Dividends declared per issued and outstanding common share as of the applicable dividend record date $ 0.275   0.275   0.825   0.825  
 

COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP.

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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

   
April 30, 2013 July 31, 2012
Assets (Unaudited) (Audited)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 342,197,000 367,894,000
Accounts receivable, net 47,904,000 56,242,000
Inventories, net 71,101,000 72,361,000
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 10,737,000 8,196,000
Deferred tax asset, net 9,780,000   12,183,000  
Total current assets 481,719,000 516,876,000
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 20,858,000 22,832,000
Goodwill 137,354,000 137,354,000
Intangibles with finite lives, net 34,087,000 38,833,000
Deferred tax asset, net, non-current - 438,000
Deferred financing costs, net 1,450,000 2,487,000
Other assets, net 894,000   958,000  
Total assets $ 676,362,000   719,778,000  
 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 12,149,000 20,967,000
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 30,641,000 40,870,000
Dividends payable 4,544,000 4,773,000
Customer advances and deposits 13,432,000 14,516,000
Interest payable 3,029,000   1,529,000  
Total current liabilities 63,795,000 82,655,000
 
Convertible senior notes 200,000,000 200,000,000
Other liabilities 3,883,000 5,098,000
Income taxes payable 3,266,000 2,624,000
Deferred tax liability, net 1,184,000   -
Total liabilities 272,128,000 290,377,000
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 28,996,237 shares and 28,931,679 shares at April 30, 2013 and July 31, 2012, respectively 2,900,000 2,893,000
Additional paid-in capital 361,970,000 361,458,000
Retained earnings 402,773,000   404,227,000  
767,643,000 768,578,000
Less:
Treasury stock, at cost (12,504,352 shares and 11,564,059 shares at April 30, 2013 and July 31, 2012, respectively) (363,409,000 ) (339,177,000 )
Total stockholders' equity 404,234,000   429,401,000  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 676,362,000   719,778,000  
 

COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP.

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Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures

(Unaudited)

   
Three Months Ended April 30,   Nine Months Ended April 30,
2013   2012 2013   2012
 
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA(1):

GAAP net income

$ 2,852,000 6,066,000 12,652,000 24,488,000

Income taxes

817,000 2,678,000 6,776,000 7,270,000

Net interest expense and other

1,722,000 1,822,000 5,272,000 5,221,000

Amortization of stock-based compensation

694,000 809,000 2,245,000 2,718,000

Depreciation and other amortization

3,522,000 4,064,000 10,705,000 12,256,000

Restructuring charges related to the wind-down of microsatellite product line

- - 569,000 -

Costs related to withdrawn fiscal 2011 contested proxy solicitation

- - - 2,638,000

Adjusted EBITDA

$ 9,607,000   15,439,000   38,219,000   54,591,000
(1)   Represents earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization of intangibles and stock-based compensation, restructuring charges related to the wind-down of the microsatellite product line of the Company's mobile data communications segment and costs related to a withdrawn fiscal 2011 contested proxy solicitation. 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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Media:
Michael D. Porcelain, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
631-962-7000
Info@comtechtel.com

Source: Comtech Telecommunications Corp.

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