Measurement Specialties Announces Strong Results for Quarter and Nine Months Ended December 31, 2010

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

HAMPTON, Va., Feb. 2, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Measurement Specialties, Inc. (Nasdaq:MEAS) (the "Company"), a global designer and manufacturer of sensors and sensor-based systems, announces results for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2010.

The Company reported an increase in consolidated net sales of $18.1 million or 34% to $71.7 million for the three months ended December 31, 2010, as compared to the corresponding period last year. Organic sales, defined as net sales excluding sales attributed to the Pressure Systems Inc. ("PSI") acquisition of $5.3 million, increased $12.8 million or 24%. For the three months ended December 31, 2010, the Company reported income from continuing operations, net of income taxes, of $7.5 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, as compared to income from continuing operations, net of income taxes, of $3.3 million or $0.22 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

The Company reported an increase in consolidated net sales of $52.8 million or 36% to $198.0 million for the nine months ended December 31, 2010, as compared to the corresponding period last year. Excluding sales attributed to the PSI acquisition of $7.2 million, organic sales increased $45.6 million or 31.4%. For the nine months ended December 31, 2010, the Company reported income from continuing operations, net of income taxes, of $19.8 million, or $1.30 per diluted share, as compared to income from continuing operations, net of income taxes, of $1.9 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, for the same period last year. 

The Company recorded higher amortization expense during the third quarter of fiscal 2011 related largely to the short amortization period of PSI's acquired backlog, which was fully amortized as of December 31, 2010. The Company expects quarterly amortization expense to decline during its fourth quarter by approximately $0.4 million.

The Company recorded an income tax provision of $0.9 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011. During the third quarter, the Company recognized a deferred tax benefit of $3.2 million related to the release of a valuation allowance associated with a deferred tax asset in its German subsidiary, which was in part offset by a U.S. deferred tax expense of $2.8 million relating to distributable foreign earnings. The Company estimates its Effective Tax Rate, excluding discrete tax adjustments, to be 17% for fiscal 2011.

Frank Guidone, Company CEO commented, "Our results for the quarter remained consistent and demonstrate we now have the scale and diversity to deliver stable, predicable results. Slightly unfavorable mix at the gross margin level was offset by improved SG&A leverage, resulting in Adjusted EBITDA margins in-line with our target rate of 20%. As previously disclosed, as a result of strong organic growth coupled with the full year impact of the PSI acquisition, we expect to achieve our goal of $300 million in sales and $60 million in Adjusted EBITDA in Fiscal Year 2012 (rather than Fiscal 2013, as originally outlined). We remain confident the organic growth of our served markets – which are benefiting from the general increase in sensor content on products – accelerated by our new pipeline wins will support double digit top-line growth for the foreseeable future."

On February 2, 2011, the Company filed its Form 10-Q for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2010.  Please refer to the Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations included in the Company's Form 10-Q filed for a more complete discussion of sales, margin and expenses.

The Company will host an investor conference call on Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM Eastern to answer questions regarding the results reported in our Form 10-Q for three and nine months ended December 31, 2010.  US dialers: (877) 407-8035; International dialers (201) 689-8035.  Interested parties may also listen via the Internet at: www.investorcalendar.com.  The call will be available for replay for 30 days by dialing (877) 660-6853 (US dialers); (201) 612-7415 (International dialers), and entering the replay pass code #286 and conference ID# 366199, and on Investorcalendar.com.

About Measurement Specialties: Measurement Specialties, Inc. (MEAS) designs and manufactures sensors and sensor-based systems to measure precise ranges of physical characteristics such as pressure, temperature, position, force, vibration, humidity and photo optics. MEAS uses multiple advanced technologies – piezo-resistive silicon sensors, application-specific integrated circuits, micro-electromechanical systems ("MEMS"), piezoelectric polymers, foil strain gauges, force balance systems, fluid capacitive devices, linear and rotational variable differential transformers, electromagnetic displacement sensors, hygroscopic capacitive sensors, ultrasonic sensors, optical sensors, negative thermal coefficient ("NTC") ceramic sensors, mechanical resonators and submersible hydrostatic level sensors – to engineer sensors that operate precisely and cost effectively. 

This release includes forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Forward looking statements may be identified by such words or phrases  as "should", "intends", " is subject to", "expects", "will", "continue", "anticipate", "estimated", "projected", "may", " believe", "future prospects", or similar expressions.  Factors that might cause actual results to differ materially from the expected results described in or underlying our forward-looking statements include: Conditions in the general economy, including risks associated with the current financial crisis and worldwide economic conditions and reduced demand for products that incorporate our products; Competitive factors, such as price pressures and the potential emergence of rival technologies; Compliance with export control laws and regulations; Fluctuations in foreign currency exchange and interest rates; Interruptions of suppliers' operations or the refusal of our suppliers to provide us with component materials, particularly in light of the current economic conditions and potential for suppliers to fail; Timely development, market acceptance and warranty performance of new products; Changes in product mix, costs and yields; Uncertainties related to doing business in Europe and China; Legislative initiatives, including tax legislation and other changes in the Company's tax position; Legal proceedings; Compliance with debt covenants, including events beyond our control; Conditions in the credit markets, including our ability to raise additional funds or refinance our existing credit facility; Adverse developments in the automotive industry and other markets served by us; and risk factors listed from time to time in the reports we file with the SEC.  The Company from time-to-time considers acquiring or disposing of business or product lines. Forward-looking statements do not include the impact of acquisitions or dispositions of assets, which could affect results in the near term.  Actual results may differ materially.  The Company assumes no obligation to update the information in this release.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures (Unaudited):

Regulation G, "Conditions for Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures," promulgated under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, defines and prescribes the conditions for use of certain non-GAAP financial information. We believe that certain of our financial measures which meet the definition of non-GAAP financial measures provide important supplemental information to investors.

The financial information accompanying this press release includes the Company's earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, foreign currency transaction gains/losses, non-cash equity based compensation and certain legal expenses, or "Adjusted EBITDA" and "Free Cash Flow." Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow are non-GAAP measures that are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, measures prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow measures used by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA is derived by adding interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, foreign currency transaction gains/losses, non-cash equity based compensation and certain legal expenses to the Company's net income from continuing operations. Free Cash Flow is derived by taking net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations and subtracting capital expenditures (purchases of property and equipment). The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA is important to investors because it provides a financial measure that is more representative of the Company's cash flow (prior to taking into account the effects of changes in working capital and purchases of property and equipment), excluding non-cash expenses and items such as foreign currency transaction gains/losses, income taxes, interest and certain legal expenses, which vary greatly period to period. Legal expenses relate to the Company's previously announced investigation into certain export compliance issues. The Company believes that this measure is important to investors because it more accurately represents the leverage effect of fixed expenses. The Company believes Free Cash Flow is also important to investors as it provides useful information about the amount of cash generated by the business after the purchase of property, buildings and equipment, which can then be used to, among other things, invest in the Company's business, make strategic acquisitions and strengthen the balance sheet, and because it is a significant measure used in determining the enterprise value of the Company. A limitation on the use of Free Cash Flow as a measure of financial performance is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in the Company's cash balance for the period or the residual cash flows available for discretionary expenditures due to the fact that the measure does not deduct the payments required for debt service and other obligations or payments made for business acquisitions.

These non-GAAP financial measures are used by management in addition to and in conjunction with the results presented in accordance with GAAP.   These non-GAAP financial measures should not be relied upon to the exclusion of GAAP financial measures. Non-GAAP financial measures provide an additional way of viewing aspects of our operation that, when viewed with our GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliations to the corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide an understanding of certain factors and trends relating to our business.   The Company strongly encourages investors to review our financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety and to not rely on any single financial measure.

CONTACT: Mark Thomson, CFO (757) 766-4224