Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Announces Results for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2011 and Declares $0.25 Per Share Quarterly Cash Dividend

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 10, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (Nasdaq:CMTL) today reported its operating results for the three and six months ended January 31, 2011.

Net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 were $162.8 million compared to $171.1 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2010. The period-over-period decrease in net sales is attributable to lower net sales in both our mobile data communications and RF microwave amplifiers segments, offset, in part, by higher net sales in our telecommunications transmission segment.

GAAP net income was $16.1 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 compared to $16.3 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2010.

Net sales for the six months ended January 31, 2011 were $341.0 million compared to $304.9 million for the six months ended January 31, 2010. The period-over-period increase in net sales is attributable to higher net sales in both our telecommunications transmission and mobile data communications segments that were offset, in part, by lower sales in our RF microwave amplifiers segment.

GAAP net income was $41.8 million, or $1.32 per diluted share, for the six months ended January 31, 2011 compared to $25.4 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, for the six months ended January 31, 2010.

Comtech also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share payable on May 20, 2011 to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 21, 2011. The dividend is the Company's third quarterly dividend. While future dividends will be subject to Board approval, the Board of Directors is currently targeting annual dividend payments aggregating $1.00 per share.

In commenting on the Company's performance, Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Although market conditions remain challenging, we posted solid results in the second quarter."

Mr. Kornberg added, "We continue to focus our acquisition efforts on a number of opportunities that we believe would complement our existing businesses and that would align with our long-term strategy."

Selected Fiscal 2011 Second Quarter Financial Metrics and Other Items

  • At January 31, 2011, the Company had $593.3 million of cash and cash equivalents. Net cash provided by operating activities was $44.2 million for the six months ended January 31, 2011 compared to $28.0 million for the six months ended January 31, 2010.
     
  • During the six months ended January 31, 2011, the Company repurchased 1,628,848 shares of its common stock under its $100.0 million stock repurchase plan in open-market transactions for an aggregate cost of $46.8 million (including transaction costs) with an average price per share of $28.73.
     
  • Backlog as of January 31, 2011 was $199.6 million. Bookings for the three and six months ended January 31, 2011 were $95.0 million and $202.5 million, respectively, compared to $82.3 million and $202.9 million for the three and six months ended January 31, 2010, respectively.
     
  • Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, ("Adjusted EBITDA"), was $32.3 million and $78.7 million for the three and six months ended January 31, 2011, respectively, versus $33.7 million and $55.1 million for the three and six months ended January 31, 2010, respectively.
     
  • The Company's effective tax rate for the three months ended January 31, 2011 reflects net discrete tax benefits of approximately $0.6 million, which primarily relates to the passage of legislation that included the retroactive extension of the federal research and experimentation credit from December 31, 2009 to December 31, 2011.
     
  • In January 2011, an independent audit of Comtech's compliance of International Traffic in Arms Regulations ("ITAR") was completed and the results of that audit were provided to the Enforcement Division of the Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance ("DDTC") of the U.S. Department of State. The audit found no violations of ITAR, that the Company has taken numerous steps to significantly improve export control processes and that the Company made demonstrable efforts in developing an export compliance program. Such audit was previously requested by the DDTC in connection with previously reported violations.

Conference Call

The Company has scheduled an investor conference call for 8:30 AM (ET) on Friday, March 11, 2011. 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 . 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) 220-1116. In addition, an updated investor presentation, including earnings guidance, will be available on the Company's 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").

 

 

CONTACT: Media Contacts: Michael D. Porcelain, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (631) 962-7000 Info@comtechtel.com