updated 11/17/2010 3:45:40 PM ET 2010-11-17T20:45:40

PETAH TIKVA, Israel, Nov. 17, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (Nasdaq:GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, today reported its results for the quarter ending September 30, 2010.

Revenues for the third quarter of 2010 were $58.0 million compared to $54.6 million in the same period of 2009. Net income for the third quarter of 2010 was $36.2 million or $0.86 per diluted share compared to a net income of $2.5 million, or $0.06 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2009. The increase in the net income was primarily a result of the income from the sale of the Company's shares in the merger of Ingenix and Axolotl, and proceeds received as part of the settlement of litigation with the investors group announced earlier. Non-GAAP operating income for the third quarter of 2010 was $1.0 million compared to an operating loss of $0.2 million in the third quarter of 2009.

Revenues for the nine month period ended September 30, 2010 were $166.9 million, compared to $171.5 million in the same period of 2009. Net income for the nine month period ended September 30, 2010 was $35.5 million or $0.85 per diluted share, compared to $1.5 million or $0.04 per diluted share, in the same period of 2009. Non-GAAP operating income for the nine month period ended September 30, 2010 was $0.8 million compared to an operating loss of $0.2 million in the same period of 2009.

Gilat's Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Amiram Levinberg said, "Our revenue growth and improved financial results are encouraging. We recently signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wavestream Corporation which is a significant milestone in implementing our strategy to enter the defense market, specifically in the US. We estimate that the acquisition will be completed by the end of this year, and then it is expected to have a positive impact on our revenues and profitability. It will also extend our core technologies, the range of solutions we offer and our customer base."

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Recent Announcements:

  • Gilat has been selected to provide its Prysm Pro managed network appliances for the European business unit of Regis Corporation, the industry's global leader in beauty salons, hair restoration centers and cosmetology education.
  • Gilat has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding stock of Wavestream Corporation. Wavestream is a leading provider of high power solid state amplifiers. Wavestream's family of Ka, Ku, X and C-band Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPA) and Block Upconverters (BUC) provide systems integrators with field-proven, high performance solutions designed for mobile and fixed satellite communication (SATCOM) systems worldwide.
  • Gilat has signed a corporate sourcing contract with France Telecom SA for the provision of satellite communications equipment. Consequently, Orange Business Services, the enterprise communications arm of France Telecom, has installed a Gilat SkyEdge II hub at their Bercenay-en-Othe teleport in France. This hub will facilitate the operation of a new cellular backhaul network in Niger.
  • Gilat has completed the deployment of a new VSAT network for lottery in a North African country. The lottery operator chose Gilat to provide a turnkey solution for connecting between their central processing system and remote lottery terminals located throughout the country.
  • Gilat has been selected by Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) to provide a SkyEdge II broadband satellite network.
  • Gilat has been chosen to provide a SkyEdge II satellite network for Telefónica International Wholesale Services (TIWS), the wholesale organization within the Telefónica Group, one of the largest telecommunications operators in Latin America.

Conference Call & Webcast:

Gilat will host a conference call today with an accompanying slide presentation at 9:30 AM ET. In order to ensure audio access, participants from the U.S. should dial (866) 860-9642 and international participants should dial (972) 3-918-0610. The presentation may be accessed through the Company's website at http://www.gilat.com/ prior to the call. The call will also be available as a Webcast on the Company's website at http://www.gilat.com/ and will be archived for 30 days.

Notes:

(1) The attached summary financial statements were prepared in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The attached summary financial statements are unaudited. To supplement the consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, the Company presents Gilat's EBITDA before the impact of non-cash share-based payment charges, depreciation and amortization and other costs related to acquisition transactions. Non-GAAP presentations of net income, EBITDA and earnings per share are provided to enhance the understanding of the Company's historical financial performance and comparability between periods.

(2) Operating income before depreciation, amortization, non cash stock option expenses as per SFAS 123(R) and exceptional items ('EBITDA') is presented because it is a measure commonly used and is presented solely in order to improve the understanding of the Company's operating results and to provide further perspective on these results. EBITDA, however, should not be considered as an alternative to operating income or net income for the period as an indicator of the operating performance of the Company.

Similarly, EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles and may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures for other companies. EBITDA may not be indicative of the historic operating results of the Company; nor is it meant to be predictive of potential future results. Reconciliation between the Company's Operating income and EBITDA is presented in the attached summary financial statements.

About Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd.

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. is a leading provider of products and professional services for satellite-based broadband communications networks worldwide. Gilat was founded in 1987 and has shipped over 750,000 Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs) to more than 85 countries across six continents. Gilat's headquarters is located in Petah Tikva, Israel. The Company has 16 sales and service offices worldwide. Gilat markets a full line of high-performance VSATs under the SkyEdge™ and SkyEdge II Product Family. Gilat provides an expansive range of low profile antennas for satellite on the move application, under the name RaySat Antenna Systems and the StealthRay™ product family. Gilat's wholly-owned subsidiary, Spacenet Inc., is a leading provider of managed services in North America to the business and government segments. Visit Gilat at www.gilat.com .

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Certain statements made herein that are not historical are forward-looking within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words "estimate", "project", "intend", "expect", "believe" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Gilat to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, among others, changes in general economic and business conditions, inability to maintain market acceptance to Gilat's products, inability to timely develop and introduce new technologies, products and applications, rapid changes in the market for Gilat's products, loss of market share and pressure on prices resulting from competition, introduction of competing products by other companies, inability to manage growth and expansion, loss of key OEM partners, inability to attract and retain qualified personnel, inability to protect the Company's proprietary technology and risks associated with Gilat's international operations and its location in Israel. For additional information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties associated with Gilat's business, reference is made to Gilat's reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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