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Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Announces Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2011 and Declares $0.25 Per Share Quarterly Cash Dividend

MELVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 8, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (Nasdaq:CMTL) today reported its operating results for the first quarter ended October 31, 2010.

Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 were $178.2 million compared to $133.8 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2010. The period-over-period comparative increase in net sales is attributable to higher net sales in both the Company's telecommunications transmission and mobile data communications segments that were offset, in part, by lower net sales in the Company's RF microwave amplifiers segment.

GAAP net income was $25.7 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 compared to $9.0 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2010.

Comtech also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share, payable on February 21, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 21, 2011. The dividend is the Company's second quarterly dividend. While future dividends will be subject to Board approval, the Board of Directors is currently targeting annual dividend payments aggregating $1.00 per share per year.

In commenting on the Company's performance, Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are pleased with our first quarter results. Although sales to the U.S. Army are expected to decline in future quarters as compared to our first quarter sales, we believe fundamentals across our company remain solid and that many of our product lines will benefit from slowly improving business conditions."

Mr. Kornberg added, "Appropriate acquisitions are high on our to-do list. While it is too early to forecast the outcomes, our acquisition initiatives are currently centered on a number of opportunities that we believe would complement our existing businesses and that would align with our long-term strategy."

Selected Fiscal 2011 First Quarter Financial Metrics and Other Items

  • At October 31, 2010, the Company had $602.7 million of cash and cash equivalents. Net cash provided by operating activities was $19.3 million for the three months ended October 31, 2010 compared to $13.0 million for the three months ended October 31, 2009.
  • During the three months ended October 31, 2010, the Company repurchased 720,996 shares of its common stock under its $100.0 million stock repurchase plan in open-market transactions for an aggregate cost of $20.2 million (including transaction costs) with an average price per share of $28.01.
  • In October 2010, the Company acquired the WAN optimization technology assets and assumed certain liabilities of Stampede Technologies, Inc. for a purchase price of approximately $5.3 million (including $3.8 million which represents contingent earn-out payments that the Company expects to make).
  • Backlog as of October 31, 2010 was $267.4 million compared to $338.1 million as of July 31, 2010 and $535.6 million as of October 31, 2009. Bookings for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 were $107.5 million compared to $120.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2010.
  • Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, including amortization of intangibles and stock-based compensation ("Adjusted EBITDA"), was $46.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2011, versus $21.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2010.
  • During the three months ended October 31, 2010, the Company began implementing certain cost reduction actions in all three of its business segments which largely consisted of aligning staffing levels with expected future business activity.
  • The Company's effective tax rate for the three months ended October 31, 2010 reflects net discrete tax benefits of approximately $0.7 million, which primarily relate to the reversal of previously recorded tax liabilities no longer required due to the expiration of applicable statutes of limitations.
  • During the three months ended October 31, 2010, the Company benefited from the receipt of a merger termination fee of $12.5 million (net of certain directly-related expenses) related to a Termination and Release Agreement dated September 7, 2010, by which the Company and CPI International, Inc. ("CPI") terminated a previously announced Merger Agreement dated May 8, 2010.
  • On November 29, 2010, the purported class action lawsuits alleging that the Company, its Chief Executive Officer and its Chief Financial Officer violated Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 was dismissed with prejudice. In addition, the Company was also dismissed, without prejudice, as a defendant in a putative stockholder class action complaint that was filed by a stockholder of CPI against CPI, its directors and the Company in connection with the Company's proposed merger with CPI which was terminated in September 2010.

Conference Call

The Company has scheduled an investor conference call for 8:30 AM (ET) on Thursday, December 9, 2010. 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) 220-7218. In addition, an updated investor presentation, including earnings guidance, will be available on the Company's 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, mobile data communications and RF microwave amplifiers. 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 MTS and BFT contracts; 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").


Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
  Three months ended October 31,
  2010 2009
Net sales $ 178,160,000  133,816,000
Cost of sales  113,926,000  84,042,000
Gross profit  64,234,000  49,774,000
Selling, general and administrative 24,015,000 21,719,000
Research and development 10,751,000 11,324,000
Amortization of intangibles 1,887,000 1,764,000
Merger termination fee, net  (12,500,000)  --
   24,153,000  34,807,000
Operating income 40,081,000 14,967,000
Other expenses (income):    
Interest expense 2,063,000 1,967,000
Interest income and other   (694,000)  (235,000)
Income before provision for income taxes 38,712,000 13,235,000
Provision for income taxes  13,056,000  4,203,000
Net income $   25,656,000  9,032,000
Net income per share:    
Basic $     0.91     0.32
Diluted $    0.79     0.30
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding — basic  28,119,000  28,222,000
Weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding — diluted  33,771,000  34,057,000
Dividends declared per issued and outstanding common share $ 0.25  --
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
  October 31, 2010 July 31, 2010
Assets (Unaudited) (Audited)
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $ 602,698,000 607,594,000
Accounts receivable, net 90,350,000 135,840,000
Inventories, net 84,898,000 73,562,000
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 8,141,000 8,876,000
Deferred tax asset  14,217,000  14,947,000
Total current assets 800,304,000 840,819,000
Property, plant and equipment, net 32,821,000 33,727,000
Goodwill 137,354,000 137,354,000
Intangibles with finite lives, net 51,624,000 48,091,000
Deferred financing costs, net 4,859,000 4,675,000
Other assets, net  1,891,000  1,896,000
Total assets $ 1,028,853,000  1,066,562,000
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $ 28,392,000 77,844,000
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  38,879,000 53,398,000
Dividends payable 6,915,000 --
Customer advances and deposits 19,042,000 12,780,000
Interest payable 3,047,000 1,531,000
Income taxes payable  16,981,000  8,666,000
Total current liabilities 113,256,000 154,219,000
Convertible senior notes 200,000,000 200,000,000
Other liabilities 6,361,000 2,518,000
Income taxes payable 4,261,000 5,220,000
Deferred tax liability  3,446,000  2,973,000
Total liabilities 327,324,000 364,930,000
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 28,592,649 shares and 28,542,535 shares at October 31, 2010 and
July 31, 2010, respectively
2,859,000 2,854,000
Additional paid-in capital 348,863,000 347,514,000
Retained earnings  370,190,000  351,449,000
  721,912,000 701,817,000
Treasury stock (931,933 shares and 210,937 shares at October 31, 2010
and July 31, 2010, respectively)
 (20,383,000)  (185,000)
Total stockholders' equity  701,529,000  701,632,000
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,028,853,000  1,066,562,000


Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures
  Three Months Ended October 31,
  2010 2009
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA(1):    
GAAP net income $ 25,656,000 9,032,000
Income taxes 13,056,000 4,203,000
Net interest expense and other 1,369,000 1,732,000
Amortization of stock-based compensation 1,508,000 1,776,000
Depreciation and other amortization  4,825,000   4,666,000
Adjusted EBITDA $ 46,414,000  21,409,000
(1) Represents earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization of intangibles and stock-based compensation. 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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