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Telvent Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2010 Financial Results

Meeting the Top and Bottom Line FY 2010 Guidance
/ Source: GlobeNewswire

Meeting the Top and Bottom Line FY 2010 Guidance

  • Full Year Non-GAAP1 Revenues Organic Growth of 3.9%
  • Full Year Adjusted EBITDA of € 114.7 Million, Increasing 5.0%
  • Full Year Pro Forma Diluted EPS of € 1.38
  • Confirming Business Momentum with a Very Strong Fourth Quarter
  • New Bookings During 2010 Reached € 790.6 Million, Driving Backlog to € 917.4 Million

ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 24, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Telvent GIT, S.A. (Nasdaq:TLVT), a leading real-time IT solutions and information provider for a sustainable world, today announced its unaudited consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2010.

Ignacio Gonzalez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "I am delighted with our performance throughout 2010. We were not only able to meet our top and bottom line guidance for this challenging year, but we also were able to achieve organic growth in four out of our five business segments, which continues to illustrate the Company's strength and resilience. In addition, our gross margins continue to expand due to our focus on information services within our Energy, Environment and Agriculture segments."

He continued, "We are pleased to share a great fourth quarter to end the fiscal year. We managed to grow our business organically double digits. In addition, we saw an increase in bookings of 28% quarter over quarter, allowing us to maintain a book-to-bill ratio over 1, which demonstrates the good momentum we are seeing in all our business segments. We also had a strong quarter in terms of cash collections with more than € 273 million."

"Finally, I expect 2011 to be another positive year for Telvent as we continue to grow and diversify our business", he concluded.

1 Each of the financial measures described in this press release is an unaudited and non-GAAP financial measure and reconciliation of each such measure to the most directly comparable unaudited GAAP financial measure is set forth in this press release immediately following the unaudited financial statements. Non-GAAP results should be viewed in addition to, and not in lieu of, GAAP results.

Fourth Quarter 2010 Highlights

Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2010 organically grew by 14.9% to € 228.6 million, compared to € 199.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, excluding the € 10.0 million in revenues from the internal IT outsourcing division that the Company sold effective January 1, 2010.

Gross margin was 32.1% for the fourth quarter of 2010, while gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2009 was 34.1%.

Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the fourth quarter of 2010 was € 41.5 million, or 18.2% of total revenues for the period, compared to € 32.1 million and 15.3% in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Operating margin for the fourth quarter of 2010 was 15.9%, compared to 13.6% in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2010 was € 18.2 million, compared to € 19.8 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2009. Basic and diluted EPS for the fourth quarter of 2010 were € 0.54 and € 0.49, respectively, compared to basic and diluted EPS of € 0.59 and € 0.58 in the same quarter of 2009.

Basic and diluted EPS for the fourth quarter of 2010 was impacted by a higher tax rate compared to the tax rate in the fourth quarter of 2009. Basic and diluted EPS were determined by using a weighted average number of shares outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2010 of 33,723,197 and 39,945,962, respectively. Basic and diluted EPS were determined by using a weighted average number of shares outstanding in the fourth quarter of 2009 of 33,723,197 and 34,094,159, respectively.

New order bookings, or new contracts signed, during the fourth quarter of 2010 totaled € 228.8 million, showing a 27.9% growth from the € 178.9 million [2] recorded in the same period of 2009. Our bookings performance in the last three months of the year has been very strong in our Energy and Transportation segments.

Fiscal Year 2010 Highlights

Revenues for the fiscal year 2010 were € 752.5 million, an increase of 3.9%, compared to € 724.4 million reported for the fiscal year 2009, excluding the € 40.3 million in revenues from the internal IT outsourcing division that the Company sold effective January 1, 2010.

Gross margin for the fiscal year 2010 was 35.9%, compared to 34.8% in the fiscal year 2009.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fiscal year 2010 was € 114.7 million, or 15.2% of total 2010 revenues, compared to € 109.2 million and 14.3% reported in the prior year. These improvements were driven by the Company's strategy to enhance its delivery model as it continue to increase its solutions offered under software of service model.

Operating margin for the fiscal year 2010 was 10.3%, compared to 12.4% in fiscal year 2009. The decrease in operating margin primarily resulted from the recognition during the second quarter of the year of a one-time loss of € 18 million related to a transportation project in Saudi Arabia. On August 28, 2010 the Company signed an agreement with the customer to terminate the enforcement portion of the project in light of technical disagreements and to continue and finalize the urban traffic management portion of the project. Excluding this impact, operating margin for the fiscal year 2010 would have been 12.7%.

2 Excludes the bookings of the internal IT outsourcing division that the Company sold effective January 1, 2010.

Net income for fiscal year 2010 was € 48.5 million, compared to € 51.3 million in 2009. Basic EPS for the fiscal year 2010 was € 1.44 compared to € 1.51 in 2009. Diluted EPS was € 1.38 in 2010 compared to € 1.51 in 2009.  Basic and diluted EPS were determined by using a weighted average number of shares outstanding of 33,723,197 and 38,198,437, respectively, for fiscal 2010 and 33,985,411 and 34,094,159, respectively, for the fiscal year 2009.

The accumulated bookings for the fiscal year 2010 were € 790.6 million, representing a 6.9% decrease from € 849.6 million3 in 2009. Without considering the € 125 million Fortum Smart Grid project signed in the third quarter of 2009, new bookings for 2010 organically increased by 9.1% from those achieved in 2009.

Backlog, representing the portion of signed contracts for which performance is pending, was € 917.4 million as of December 31, 2010, reflecting a 2.7% increase over the € 893.6 million4 in backlog at the end of December 2009.

Pipeline, measured as management's estimates of real opportunities for the upcoming twelve to eighteen months, is approximately € 3.6 billion, compared to € 3.5 billion reported in November 2010.

As of December 31, 2010, cash and cash equivalents were € 70.4 million and total debt, including € 21.8 million of net credit line due to related parties (versus € 94.8 million as of December 31, 2009), amounted to € 437.7 million, resulting in a net debt position of € 367.3 million. As of December 31, 2009, the Company's net debt position was € 307.8 million, representing an increase in net debt position of € 59.5 million.

For the fiscal year 2010, the Company generated cash from operating activities (excluding interest paid) of € 35.6 million and net cash was also used in the amount of € 2.9 million from other assets (mainly restricted cash and credit line receivable with related parties). Cash was also used to pay interest of € 19.9 million; in acquisitions/divestures for a net total of € 11.1 million; and to pay recurrent CAPEX of € 33.1 million. Other changes in net debt were due to changes in accounting principle or foreign exchange translation impact.

3 Excludes the bookings of the internal IT outsourcing division that the Company sold effective January 1, 2010.

4 Excludes the backlog of the internal IT outsourcing division that the Company sold effective January 1, 2010.

Business Outlook

For fiscal year 2011, we expect organic revenue growth to be between the range of 5% and 8%. Adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to range between 14.5% and 15.5%. Finally, diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of € 1.40 to € 1.43. Diluted EPS were determined by using an expected weighted average number of shares issued and outstanding in the fiscal year 2011 of 39,945,962 shares.

The above guidance for the fiscal year 2011 reflects the strong commitment in R&D investment that the Company has been carrying out in the past as well as the aggressive R&D plan in place for 2011 and going forward. Additionally, the Company expects its tax rate for 2011 to return at higher historical levels.

Business Highlights


Some of the most relevant projects signed during the fourth quarter of 2010 were as follows:

  • Contract with China South Grid Guizhou Electric Power Company to expand the use of Telvent's smart grid solution. Based on the success of a previous pilot project, Telvent will now provide its Distribution Management System (DMS) to Guizhou Power's entire service territory. With the expanded use of DMS, Guizhou Power will have the ability to integrate and display data using a single system that provides real-time advanced distribution information and more accurate calculations for planning a smarter grid. Thanks to this single-source of data, we believe the state-owned utility will save on costs typically needed for additional software and systems. Guizhou Power also will have the ability to share critical data more easily among departments, increasing operational efficiencies and providing a more stable power supply for its 40 million residents.
  • New turnkey contract with Mexican state energy company Mexican Petroleum (Pemex) to provide a centralized control solution for automated product handling at all Pemex oil storage terminals. We believe Telvent's solution will optimize the accuracy of product data and support agile business management for the third largest oil producer in the world. The Telvent automation systems will centralize product loading, unloading and delivery operations. The advanced application software will collect product volumes and balances and make this data available in real-time to Pemex enterprise applications, improving the accuracy and efficiency of the related business processes. The system also includes fire prevention support for the safety of personnel, the community, and the environment.
  • Project with Inter-Regional Distribution Grid Company (IDGC) of Centre Moscow, to implement Telvent's advanced distribution management system (DMS) solution to further improve the reliability of IDGC's electrical grid. With the implementation of this smart grid solution, the utility is expected to be able to reduce power losses and operational costs, while improving power quality. With Telvent's solution, IDGC gets full network monitoring and control in one complete system to efficiently plan, design, and operate a smart grid to better serve its vast consumer territory.
  • Contract with Shanxi Electric Power Company of China to implement a new data acquisition system which we believe will allow the company to address service outages more quickly and provide a more reliable network. Electric Power Company will implement Telvent's OASyS DNA to help them make faster operational decisions, increase customer satisfaction and cut costs.
  • Contract with AGL Resources, in the United States, to update the SCADA system and the gas metering and operation systems in 2011. The project includes the provision of IT support services to this company with more than 2 million customers over a five-year period. Telvent will provide IT and support services throughout the year while at the same time updating all systems in 2011 and again in 2014.

Additionally, in February 2011, the Company entered into an agreement to make an additional investment in Telvent DMS, LLC. The transaction also includes acquisition of energy management systems (EMS) applications and a new three-year R&D plan that will enhance and extend Telvent's presence in global utility smart grid infrastructure investments. Telvent will increase its stake in Telvent DMS to 57%, and will enhance and further integrate its products, solutions and services portfolio including energy management systems (EMS) advanced distribution management systems (ADMS), electrical SCADA, network operations and planning, asset (GIS), outage (OMS) and meter data management (MDM) on a highly available, secure and integrated platform.

This additional investment reaffirms Telvent's deep commitment to Smart Grid industry solutions. The ultimate beneficiaries of this commitment will be Telvent's customers, which are expected to be able to further improve operating efficiency, reduce costs and integrate real-time operations data with their respective enterprise in a way never before available from the market. 


During the fourth quarter of 2010 some of the significant contracts signed were:

  • Agreement with the Maryland Department of Transportation – State Highway Administration (MD SHA) to implement, operate, host, and maintain a travelers information system accessed through the national abbreviated three-digit dialing code "511." The new traveler's information system will cover the entire State, and it has been designed to handle periods of peak volumes that might occur during major traffic or weather events. Due to the unique Interactive Voice Response (IVR) feature, the new system will allow callers to customize the information they want to receive by setting up their preferences on the "511" website. Throughout the duration of Telvent's contract, the Company will work closely with major stakeholders such as the Maryland Tranportation Authority (MdTA), the University of Maryland's Center for Advanced Transportation Technology and MD SHA to create a multi-platform service. The new traveler information system will provide travel information from multiple modes of transportation by phone and on a new website. The 511 system will reside at Telvent's DTN secure hosting facility in Omaha, NE and will be monitored and maintained by Telvent Transportation staff in New York, NY and Rockville, MD.
  • Contract awarded by Infraero, the Brazilian company for airport infrastructures, to deliver a new digital radio communications network to 18 Brazilian airports. Telvent's communications technology was selected for the reliability and security it has demonstrated in deployments by AENA, Spain's global airport and air navigation services operator. The system will help manage the significant air traffic associated with the 2014 World Cup tournament, recently awarded to Brazil.
  • Contract with Renfe in Madrid, in Spain, to supply, install and maintain the access control system in twelve stations within Madrid's suburban rail network. This project involves the implementation of a global access control system for each station, including the installation of access control equipment video surveillance and interphone systems.
  • The award of a contract from the Beijing Traffic Police to help to expand Beijing's urban traffic management system. The Company will implement its Telvent Smartmobility Traffic technology on more than 200 traffic junctions, which will enable Beijing authorities to improve traffic flow, increase driver's safety and reduce air pollution.
  • Contract with the concessionaire Rodoanel Oeste, in Brazil, to implement the monitoring and safety control system in tunnels along the western stretch of the Mario Covas Beltway in Sao Paulo. The system which Telvent will install is based on its proprietary data control and acquisition system (SCADA OASyS), which will centralise the management of both tunnel and traffic systems. This offers operators a set of effective management tools which will also serve to increase traffic safety. Specifically, Telvent will install and integrate the systems for fire detection control, closed circuit television (CCTV) monitoring, emergency and safety signage, lighting, ventilation, etc. This project demonstrates Telvent's position as a leader in intelligent transport systems in the Brazilian market and places Telvent in a good strategic position for developing the plan to improve Brazil's approach to safety management for critical infrastructure elements along the Brazilian road system.


During the fourth quarter of 2010, significant contracts signed were:

  • Extension of contract with Kahramaa, in Qatar, for consultancy work to improve leak detection and management of its water distribution network. The contract extended the initial contract term of 3 years by an additional year. This extension illustrates Kahramaa's confidence in Telvent and is intended to allow better use of water for the Qatari public infrastructure.
  • Contract with CYTA (Cyprus Telecomunications Authority), in Cyprus, to supply a Volmet System for Nicosia Airtraffic Control Center and ATIS Systems for Larnaca and Paphos International Airports. With this new project, Telvent reinforces its leadership in ATIS and Volmet Systems in Europe, providing CYTA with a proven reliable solution, similar to those deployed in recent years in different countries such as Norway, Slovakia, Belgium, Poland or Bosnia and Herzegovina.


All revenues in our Agriculture segment were generated in North America and principally arise from the sale, through subscriptions, of critical agricultural business information, weather and real-time market data solutions to top farm producers and agribusinesses. Subscription retention rates increased to 89.2% (from 88.3% in 2009) in our Agriculture segment, which we believe exemplifies the stability and resilience of this business segment. 

We have over 557,000 subscribers to our business information in our Agriculture segment, including approximately 35,000 of the largest farm producers who are paying for premium content, almost 14,200 originators including the top elevators, ethanol plants and feedlots, and almost 3,900 agribusiness customers using our risk management platform. Our largest customers include Bunge, FC Stone, John Deere, Con Agra and Cargill, along with the majority of the top corn and soybean producers in the United States. During 2010, transactions involving more than 113 million bushels of grain were transacted, compared to 63 million in 2009, through our grains trading portal between our 1,000 agribusiness portal locations and our over 29,000 registered portal producers.

Global Services

During the fourth quarter of 2010, significant contracts signed were:

  • Contract with Yoigo, in Spain, to renew its outsourcing and additional total administration services for its systems and its customer technical support centre during the next 3 years. We believe this contract positions Telvent as a strategic provider for a mobile telephone company whose main shareholder is Teliasonera, the leading telecom provider in Northern Europe and the Baltic.
  • Contract with the Health Council of the Generalitat of Valencia, in Spain, to manage its administrative services and operate its information technology infrastructure for the Health Council's and the Valencian Health Service's data processing centre.
  • Contract with VSNS, a Tata Group company, in Spain, to renew its current outsourcing and associated services during the next 3 years.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

To supplement our consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we use certain non-GAAP measures, including non-GAAP net income attributable to the parent company and EPS. Non-GAAP net income attributable to the parent company and EPS are adjusted from GAAP-based results to exclude certain costs and expenses that we believe are not indicative of our core operating results. Non-GAAP results are one of the primary indicators that our Management uses for evaluating historical results and for planning and forecasting future periods. We believe that non-GAAP results provide consistency in our financial reporting, which enhances our investors' understanding of our current financial performance as well as our future prospects. Non-GAAP results should be viewed in addition to, and not in lieu of, GAAP results. Reconciliation of each Non-GAAP measure presented to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is provided in this release immediately following the unaudited consolidated financial statements.

The Company provides non-GAAP measures to give investors figures that are most comparable to those used by Management in their evaluation of historical results for planning and forecasting purposes. The adjustments represent the removal of GAAP impacts that Management is not able to forecast (such as JVs and mark-to-market of derivatives and hedged items), that generally have not impacted the Company's cash position in the period (such as stock compensation plan expenses and mark-to-market of derivatives and hedged items), or that Management believes are extraordinary in nature and thus should be removed from the GAAP results for comparative purposes. Below is an explanation of the nature of each of these adjustments and how Management uses the resulting non-GAAP measures in its management of the business:

- Joint ventures: The Company, during its normal course of business, and as is customary practice in its industry, participates in joint venture agreements in Spain to bid for and carry on some of its projects in the traffic, energy and environmental segments. These relationships are commonly referred to as "Union Temporal de Empresas" (UTEs). Such UTEs are established for commercial reasons, at the request of the client, and because they are sometimes required when bidding for government related work. A UTE (which is considered a "temporary consortium" under Spanish law) is a form of business cooperation used within the scope of public hiring, with no legal personality, that is established for a certain period of time, definite or indefinite, to carry out work, service or supply in Spain. The terms governing the functioning of a UTE are freely agreed to by the participants provided they are set out in the Articles of Association and conform to applicable law. UTEs are operated through a management committee, comprised of equal representation from each of the venture partners, which makes decisions about the joint venture's activities that have a significant effect on its success. As a result of the adoption of FIN 46R, Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities, in January 2004, these joint ventures were determined to be variable interest entities, as they have no equity, and transfer restrictions in the agreements establish a de facto agency relationship between all venture partners. For this reason, and applying quantitative criteria to determine which partner is the most closely associated with the joint venture, the Company consolidates, on a quarterly basis, the results of such UTEs. However, the Company believes it has no control over most of the joint ventures it consolidates, and therefore is unable to control or predict the results of the UTEs. The Company only has control over its portion of revenues and margins associated with the work it is carrying out through the UTE. In addition, the work carried out by other venture partners in the JV may sometimes be unrelated to Telvent's business, and thus we do not consider that such revenues should be included within Telvent's revenues. For these reasons, Management considers GAAP revenues and cost of revenues, excluding the revenues and cost of revenues attributable to other venture partners, and including revenues and cost of revenues from UTEs that are carried under the equity method. The resulting non-GAAP revenues, cost of revenues and gross margins are the closest indicators to the measures Management uses in its management of the business.

- Mark-to-market of derivatives and hedged items: The Company enters into numerous forward exchange contracts to protect against fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates on long-term projects and anticipated future transactions. In addition, the Company enters into interest rate caps in order to manage interest rate risk on certain long-term variable rate financing arrangements. These transactions have been designated as cash flow hedges and are recorded at fair value in the Company's consolidated balance sheets, with the effective portion of changes in fair value recorded temporarily in equity (other comprehensive income). Such unrealized gains and losses are recognized in earnings, along with the related effects of the hedged item, once the forecasted transaction occurs (e.g. once foreign currency invoices are issued to clients or received from suppliers). Accounts receivables and payables (the "hedged items") denominated in foreign currencies are translated to the functional currency using applicable quarter-end or year-end exchange rates, with variations recorded in earnings for each period. Due to the volume of forward exchange contracts and the number of currencies they cover, the Company does not estimate the unrealized gains and losses arising from the accounting entries required by SFAS 133 at each cut-off date. Rather, the Company estimates and manages exchange rate risk on a project-by-project basis, overseeing and predicting the real cash impact at the end of a project arising from such transactions (both caused by the hedged item and the derivative). For this reason, Management uses internally a non-GAAP measure which is equivalent to GAAP financial income/expense, but which excludes the unrealized gains and losses from recognizing derivatives at fair value and from recording hedged foreign currency receivables and payables at period-end exchange rates.

- Stock and extraordinary variable compensation plan expenses: The Company has applied SFAS 123R to account for the share acquisition plan established by Abengoa with respect to Abengoa's shares. This plan has been accounted for as an equity award plan under SFAS 123R, and is being treated similar to a stock option plan. A valuation of the plan was performed at the grant date and the corresponding non-cash compensation expense is being recognized over the requisite service period of five years and six months. In addition, the Company has an extraordinary variable compensation plan for members of its senior management team, to be paid partially in Company's ordinary shares at the end of a five year period, based on the accomplishment of certain objectives. The compensation only vests and becomes payable after the end of the fifth year of the plan. Compensation expense is recorded under GAAP for these two plans. The Company provides a non-GAAP measure which excludes the non-cash impact of such plans.

- Amortization of intangibles arising on acquisitions: The Company records intangible assets during the purchase price allocation process performed on acquisitions. These include customer contract (backlog) and relationships, purchased software technology, trade names and in-process research and development, among others. Such intangible assets are amortized, for GAAP purposes, over their estimated useful lives. When evaluating an acquisition, the Company does not consider the non-cash amortization expense arising from these intangibles in its valuation. Therefore, the Company periodically excludes such impact from its depreciation and amortization (D&A) line to arrive at non-GAAP D&A, which it believes to be useful information for investors.

Conference Call Details

Ignacio Gonzalez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Manuel Fernandez Maza, Chief Financial Officer and Head of Investor Relations, will conduct a conference call to discuss fourth quarter and fiscal year 2010 results, which will be simultaneously webcast, at 2:30 P.M. Eastern Time / 8:30 P.M. Madrid Time on Thursday, February 24, 2011.

To access the conference call, participants in North America should dial (877) 263-0337 and international participants +1 (706) 758-3263. A live webcast of the conference call will be available at the Investor Relations page of Telvent's corporate website at Please visit the website at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register for the teleconference webcast and download any necessary audio software. 

A replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the conference call is completed. To access the replay, participants in North America should dial (800) 642-1687 and international participants should dial +1 (706) 645-9291. The passcode for the replay is 42120228.

About Telvent

Telvent (Nasdaq:TLVT) is a global IT solutions and business information services provider dedicated to helping improve efficiency, safety and security for the world's leading companies. Telvent serves markets that are critical to the sustainability of the planet, including the energy, transportation, agricultural and environmental sectors. ( )

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements often are proceeded by words such as "believes," "expects," "may," "anticipates," "plans," "intends," "assumes," "will" or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements reflect management's current expectations, as of the date of this presentation, and involve certain risks and uncertainties. Telvent's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. Some of the factors that could cause future results to materially differ from the recent results or those projected in forward-looking statements include the "Risk Factors" described in Telvent's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2009, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 18, 2010, and updated, if applicable, by Telvent's Quarterly Report on Form 6-K for the quarters ended March 31, 2010, June 30, 2010 and September 30, 2010 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 26, 2010, August 19, 2010 and November 24, 2010, respectively.

Telvent does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update or revise the forward-looking statements in this document after the date it is issued. In light of the risks and uncertainties described above, and the potential for variation of actual results from the assumptions on which certain of such forward-looking statements are based, investors should keep in mind that the results, events or developments disclosed in any forward-looking statement made in this document may not occur, and that actual results may vary materially from those described herein, including those described as anticipated, expected, targeted, projected or otherwise.

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