updated 9/23/2010 5:17:49 PM ET 2010-09-23T21:17:49

MELVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 23, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (Nasdaq:CMTL) today reported its operating results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended July 31, 2010.

Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 were $257.0 million compared to $122.0 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. This increase in net sales is attributable to significantly higher net sales in the Company's mobile data communications segment and slightly higher sales in the Company's telecommunications transmission segment. Sales in the Company's RF microwave amplifiers segment were lower in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 as compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.

Net sales for the twelve months ended July 31, 2010 were $778.2 million compared to $586.4 million for the twelve months ended July 31, 2009. The period-over-period increase in net sales is attributable to significantly higher net sales in the Company's mobile data communications segment that were offset, in part, by a decrease in sales in both the Company's telecommunications transmission and RF microwave amplifiers segments.

Excluding an after-tax non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $10.2 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, the Company's fourth quarter and fiscal 2010 diluted earnings per share would have been $0.73 and $2.21, respectively. As more fully described in the Company's Form 10-K filed earlier today, this goodwill impairment charge related solely to its mobile data communications segment and was the result of the U.S. Army's decision, in July 2010, to award the Blue-Force Tracking-2 Program to another vendor.

GAAP net income was $13.5 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 compared to $6.2 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. GAAP net income was $60.6 million, or $1.91 per diluted share, for the twelve months ended July 31, 2010 compared to $47.5 million, or $1.73 per diluted share, for the twelve months ended July 31, 2009.

The Company also announced initial revenue and earnings guidance for its July 31, 2011 year. The Company projects that revenues for fiscal 2011 will approximate $620.0 million to $630.0 million and that diluted earnings per share will approximate $1.90 to $2.00. This guidance does not include any impact of the Company's separate announcement today, that it has initiated a $100.0 million stock repurchase program and a quarterly dividend with a targeted amount of $1.00 per share per year.

In commenting on the Company's performance and business outlook, Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our fourth quarter and fiscal 2010 results were strong and benefited significantly from the timing of shipments of multiple large orders from the U.S. Army. Although our fiscal 2011 guidance reflects lower sales relating to these orders, all of our other product lines are expected to show year-over-year growth."

Mr. Kornberg added, "We believe that business conditions are slowly improving and are excited about our long-term business prospects."

Selected Fiscal 2010 Fourth Quarter Financial Metrics and Other Items

  • Backlog as of July 31, 2010 was $338.1 million compared to $549.8 million as of July 31, 2009. Bookings for the three and twelve months ended July 31, 2010 were $184.0 million and $567.5 million, respectively, compared to $80.8 million and $883.8 million for the three and twelve months ended July 31, 2009, respectively.
     
  • Earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, including amortization of intangibles, stock-based compensation, acquired in-process research and development and impairment of goodwill ("Adjusted EBITDA") was $46.8 million and $145.0 million for the three and twelve months ended July 31, 2010, respectively, versus $18.8 million and $114.3 million for the three and twelve months ended July 31, 2009, respectively.
     
  • At July 31, 2010, the Company had $607.6 million of cash and cash equivalents. Net cash provided by operating activities was $124.5 million for the twelve months ended July 31, 2010 compared to $88.5 million for the twelve months ended July 31, 2009.
     
  • Included in the Company's aforementioned 2011 diluted earnings per share guidance of $1.90 to $2.00 is the receipt of a net pre-tax termination fee of $12.5 million related to the Company's September 7, 2010 announcement that it and CPI International, Inc. terminated an Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated May 8, 2010. Such amount will be recorded as operating income during the Company's first quarter of fiscal 2011.
     
  • Operating income for the twelve months ended July 31, 2009 reflects a $6.2 million charge for acquired in-process research and development projects associated with the Company's acquisition of Radyne Corporation on August 1, 2008.

Conference Call

The Company has scheduled an investor conference call for 8:30 AM (ET) on Friday, September 24, 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) 220-1110. 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, 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").

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