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Communications Systems, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results

MINNETONKA, Minn., Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCS) today reported financial results for its third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2011.

For the three months ended September 30, 2011, net income was $3,730,000, or $0.44 per diluted share, on sales of $41,985,000. For the same period in 2010, the Company earned $3,999,000, or $0.48 per diluted share, on sales of $33,324,000. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, net income was $10,372,000, or $1.22 per diluted share, on sales of $118,437,000. The results for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 include a charge of $1,300,000 for reduction in goodwill taken in the second quarter of 2011. For the same nine-month period in 2010, the Company earned $7,746,000, or $0.92 per diluted share, on sales of $89,865,000.

William G. Schultz, President and CEO, commented: "Our quarterly and year-to-date results were bolstered by a large network upgrade project at a Fortune 500 company that our Transition Networks' business unit was awarded earlier this year.  This upgrade began in the second quarter and was substantially completed at the end of the third quarter.  This one-time project contributed $13 million in revenue for the quarter and $33 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.  While we are pleased with our overall quarterly and year-to-date results, apart from increased sales to this customer, we saw a decrease in some of the traditional business in our Transition Networks business unit compared to the third quarter of last year.  These declines were attributable, in part, to the slowdown in U.S. government purchasing.

Schultz continued, "On July 27, 2011, the Company acquired Patapsco Designs Limited of the UK ("Patapsco") for its Transition Networks business unit. The purchase price totaled $5,031,000, with cash acquired totaling $862,000. Despite the continuing weakness in the economy and the challenges in some of our traditional markets, our acquisition of Patapsco reflects our commitment to expand our product lines through acquisitions that complement our existing business units as well as investment into developing new products organically.  In addition to our continued search for acquisitions and our investment in product development, we are adding resources to sales and marketing to grow both domestically and globally.  We feel our business units are well positioned in good markets with solid long term growth potential."

Further information regarding the Company's results and related matters is provided in the Company's Form 10-Q report for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 that is being filed on or about November 10, 2011.

Cautionary Statement

From time to time, in reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in press releases, and in other communications to shareholders or the investing public, Communications Systems, Inc. may make forward-looking statements concerning possible or anticipated future financial performance, business activities or plans which are typically preceded by the words "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends" or similar expressions.  For these forward-looking statements, the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in federal securities laws. Shareholders and the investing public should understand that these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including those disclosed in our periodic filings with the SEC, which could cause actual performance, activities or plans after the date the statements are made to differ significantly from those indicated in the forward-looking statements when made.

About Communications Systems

Communications Systems, Inc. provides physical connectivity infrastructure and services for global deployments of broadband networks. Focusing on innovative, cost-effective solutions, CSI provides customers the ability to deliver, manage, and optimize their broadband network services and architecture. From the integration of fiber optics in any application and environment to efficient home voice and data deployments to the optimization of data and application access, CSI provides the tools for maximum utilization of the network from the edge to the user. With partners and customers in over 50 countries, CSI has built a reputation as a reliable global innovator focusing on quality and customer service.

CSI CONSOLIDATED SUMMARY OF EARNINGS

Selected Income Statement Data
















Three Months Ended

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Nine Months Ended





September 30, 2011

September 30, 2010

September 30, 2011

September 30, 2010


Sales



$

41,984,570

$

33,323,793


118,437,057

$

89,864,628


Gross margin




16,555,270


15,309,984


48,339,344


39,109,053


Operating income




6,483,862


6,304,285


17,877,980


12,616,473


Income before income taxes




6,574,906


6,354,557


18,000,051


12,635,099


Income taxes




2,845,269


2,355,163


7,627,910


4,889,452


Net income



$

3,729,637

$

3,999,394


10,372,141

$

7,745,647














Basic net income per share



$

0.44

$

0.48


1.23

$

0.92


Diluted net income per share



$

0.44

$

0.48


1.22

$

0.92


Cash dividends per share



$

0.15

$

0.15


0.45

$

0.44














Average basic shares outstanding




8,458,151


8,398,496


8,441,978


8,376,542


Average dilutive shares outstanding




8,530,187


8,414,865


8,500,022


8,401,212





























Selected Balance Sheet Data





















September 30, 2011

December 31, 2010


















Total assets



$

116,713,605

$

109,070,227






Cash , cash equivalents and investments




43,322,898


43,074,730






Property, plant and equipment, net




13,424,106


13,214,067






Long-term liabilities




3,738,957


5,004,156






Stockholders' equity




98,775,657


91,396,693








SOURCE Communications Systems, Inc.



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