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Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Announces Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2014 and Provides Updated Fiscal 2014 Guidance

December 9, 2013 at 4:16 PM EST

MELVILLE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- December 9, 2013 -- Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL) today reported its operating results for the first quarter ended October 31, 2013.

Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 were $83.4 million compared to $91.0 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2013. The period-over-period decrease reflects lower net sales in the Company's RF microwave amplifiers and mobile data communications segments, partially offset by higher sales in its telecommunications transmission segment.

GAAP net income was $5.3 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 as compared to $7.4 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Adjusted EBITDA was $14.3 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, as compared to $18.5 million for the comparative period in fiscal 2013.

The Company also provided updated guidance. Fiscal 2014 revenue guidance is now expected to range from $325.0 million to $345.0 million and GAAP diluted earnings per share is now expected to be between $1.12 and $1.25. Adjusted EBITDA for fiscal 2014 is now expected to be in the range of $55.0 million to $59.0 million.

In commenting on the Company's performance and updated fiscal 2014 business outlook, Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Throughout the first quarter of fiscal 2014, we continued to see the signs of stabilization that we observed in certain of our end-markets during the last quarter of our fiscal 2013. We are pleased with our first quarter results and we believe that certain of our end markets may be improving."

Selected Fiscal 2014 First Quarter Financial Metrics and Other Items

  • Backlog as of October 31, 2013 was $182.8 million compared to $189.7 million as of July 31, 2013.
  • Total bookings for the three months ended October 31, 2013 were $76.5 million compared to $70.4 million for the three months ended October 31, 2012.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $14.3 million for the three months ended October 31, 2013 as compared to $18.5 million for the three months ended October 31, 2012. Adjusted EBITDA is a Non-GAAP financial measure and is defined in the below table.
  • The Company's effective income tax rate in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 was 36.5%, which does not assume that the federal research and experimentation credit will be extended past December 31, 2013. The Company's effective income tax rate for the twelve months ending July 31, 2014 is expected to approximate 36.5%, excluding any potential discrete tax adjustments.
  • At October 31, 2013, the Company had $346.6 million of cash and cash equivalents.
  • During the three months ended October 31, 2013, the Company repurchased 124,753 shares of its common stock at an aggregate cost of approximately $3.6 million (including transaction costs). Since establishing the Company's first repurchase program on September 23, 2010, the Company has repurchased a total of 12,845,030 shares of common stock for approximately $379.5 million (including transaction costs), including 322,713 shares of common stock at an aggregate cost of approximately $10.0 million (including transaction costs) repurchased during the period November 1, 2013 through December 6, 2013. The Company can make additional repurchases of up to approximately $71.0 million pursuant to its existing stock repurchase program which, effective December 9, 2013, has been increased from $50.0 million to $100.0 million.
  • The Company's 3.0% convertible senior notes are reflected as a current liability in its condensed consolidated balance sheet at October 31, 2013, as it is possible that the holders of the notes may require the Company to repurchase some or all of the outstanding notes on May 1, 2014.
  • Additional information about the Company's updated fiscal 2014 guidance is included in the Company's first 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 Tuesday, December 10, 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) 952-7532 (domestic), or (785) 424-1834 (international) and using the conference I.D. of "Comtech." A replay of the conference call will be available for seven days by dialing (800) 283-4799 or (402) 220-0860. 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; 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.

AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

     
Three months ended October,
2013   2012
 
Net sales $ 83,368,000 90,953,000
Cost of sales 46,990,000   49,150,000  
Gross profit 36,378,000   41,803,000  
 
Expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 16,198,000 16,810,000
Research and development 8,499,000 10,049,000
Amortization of intangibles 1,582,000   1,582,000  
26,279,000   28,441,000  
 
Operating income 10,099,000 13,362,000
 
Other expenses (income):
Interest expense 2,018,000 2,111,000
Interest income and other (273,000 ) (276,000 )
 
Income before provision for income taxes 8,354,000 11,527,000
Provision for income taxes 3,049,000   4,092,000  
 
Net income $ 5,305,000   7,435,000  
 
Net income per share:
Basic $ 0.32   0.43  
Diluted $ 0.28   0.36  
 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding — basic 16,454,000   17,379,000  
 
Weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding — diluted 22,698,000   23,444,000  
 
Dividends declared per issued and outstanding common share as of the applicable dividend record date $ 0.275   0.275  
 
 

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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

       
October 31, 2013 July 31, 2013
(Unaudited) (Audited)
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 346,553,000 356,642,000
Accounts receivable, net 62,020,000 49,915,000
Inventories, net 69,032,000 65,482,000
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 5,320,000 7,428,000
Deferred tax asset, net 10,135,000   10,184,000  
Total current assets 493,060,000 489,651,000
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 19,620,000 20,333,000
Goodwill 137,354,000 137,354,000
Intangibles with finite lives, net 30,923,000 32,505,000
Deferred financing costs, net 736,000 1,093,000
Other assets, net 882,000   879,000  
Total assets $ 682,575,000   681,815,000  
 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Convertible senior notes, current $ 200,000,000 200,000,000
Accounts payable 17,111,000 18,390,000
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 26,183,000 29,892,000
Dividends payable 4,529,000 4,531,000
Customer advances and deposits 19,636,000 14,749,000
Interest payable 3,029,000 1,529,000
Income taxes payable 1,674,000    
Total current liabilities 272,162,000 269,091,000
 
Other liabilities 4,064,000 3,958,000
Income taxes payable 3,068,000 2,963,000
Deferred tax liability, net 2,614,000   1,741,000  
Total liabilities 281,908,000 277,753,000
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 29,084,683 shares and 29,066,792 shares at October 31, 2013 and July 31, 2013, respectively 2,908,000 2,907,000
Additional paid-in capital 363,327,000 363,888,000
Retained earnings 404,148,000   403,398,000  
770,383,000 770,193,000
Less:
Treasury stock, at cost (12,733,254 shares and 12,608,501 shares at October 31, 2013 and July 31, 2013, respectively) (369,716,000 ) (366,131,000 )
Total stockholders' equity 400,667,000   404,062,000  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 682,575,000   681,815,000  
 
 

COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP.

AND SUBSIDIARIES

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures

(Unaudited)

     
Three Months Ended October 31,
2013   2012
 
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA(1):

GAAP net income

$ 5,305,000 7,435,000

Income taxes

3,049,000 4,092,000

Net interest expense and other

1,745,000 1,835,000

Amortization of stock-based compensation

947,000 745,000

Depreciation and other amortization

3,292,000 3,607,000

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

  822,000

Adjusted EBITDA

$ 14,338,000   18,536,000

(1) Represents earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization of intangibles and stock-based compensation and restructuring charges related to the wind-down of the microsatellite product line of the Company's mobile data communications segment. 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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