LeCroy Sales Increased 25% in First Quarter Fiscal 2012

Reports 10th Consecutive Quarter of Sequential Revenue Growth;

Retires $29.7 Million in Convertible Bonds;

Raises Full Year Fiscal 2012 Guidance

Oct 26, 2011, 07:55 ET from LeCroy Corporation

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y., Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- LeCroy Corporation (NASDAQ: LCRY), a leading supplier of oscilloscopes and serial data test solutions, today announced financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended October 1, 2011.

The highlights of the Company's year-over-year ("YOY") financial performance for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 are as follows:  

(In millions, except per share data, percentages and bps)

Q1 FY12

GAAP

Q1 FY11

GAAP

Q1 FY12

non-GAAP*

Q1 FY11

non-GAAP*

YOY Change

non-GAAP*

Revenue

$49.0

$39.1

$49.0

$39.1

25.4%

Gross Margin

61.0%

59.8%

60.6%

60.1%

50 bps

Operating Income (Loss)

$11.8

$(0.6)

$6.9

$4.3

59.6%

Operating Margin

24.0%

(1.4)%

14.0%

11.0%

300 bps

Net Income (Loss)

$7.3

$(1.3)

$4.3

$2.3

87.2%

Net Income (Loss) Per Diluted Share

$0.43

$(0.10)

$0.26

$0.18

44.4%

* A presentation of, and a reconciliation of, non-GAAP financial measures with the most directly comparable GAAP measures, if different, can be found in the financial tables below.

Comments on the Quarter

"LeCroy's first quarter of fiscal 2012 marked the Company's tenth consecutive quarter of sequential revenue growth," said President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Reslewic.  "Sales increased 25% to $49 million – a record for the Company – driven by continued strength at the mid- and high-end range of our oscilloscope product lines. All geographies performed well, particularly Asia-Pacific and EMEA. We generated $6.8 million in cash from operations as we continued to effectively manage our working capital."

As previously disclosed last week, in the second quarter of fiscal 2012, LeCroy retired all of its outstanding 4% convertible notes totaling approximately $29.7 million, which matured on October 15, 2026.  The retired convertible notes were rolled into the Company's existing $75 million revolving line of credit, which expires on August 8, 2016, and is currently carrying an interest rate of 2.3%.

GAAP operating income for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 includes $5.1 million of non-cash share-based compensation benefit of which $5.6 million is attributable to the remeasurement of outstanding stock appreciation rights ("SARs"), offset by $0.5 million in share-based compensation expense attributable to options and restricted stock. Accounting for SARs requires the recognition of an expense or benefit to the consolidated statements of operations depending on whether the Company's stock price increased or decreased, respectively.  

Outlook and Guidance

"Going forward, we continue to see opportunities to further penetrate the oscilloscope market," said Reslewic. "Demand is strong for LabMaster, the world's highest bandwidth and channel count oscilloscope system.  Our new WaveRunner 6 Zi series oscilloscopes also are selling at a brisk pace, setting an all-time record for WaveRunner sales in the current quarter."

"LeCroy entered the second quarter with robust demand for our products and strong backlog.  For fiscal year 2012, we are increasing our guidance, anticipating sales of between $200 to $205 million. We expect non-GAAP operating margin of between 15.0% and 15.5% and non-GAAP net income in the range of $1.16 to $1.21 per diluted share. For the second quarter of fiscal 2012, we currently expect to report revenues of approximately $50 to $52 million, non-GAAP operating margin of approximately 15%, and non-GAAP net income in the range of $0.29 to $0.31 per diluted share," concluded Reslewic.

Conference Call Information

LeCroy will broadcast its quarterly conference call for investors live over the Internet today, Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. ET.  To access the webcast, visit the "Events Calendar" in the "Investors" section of LeCroy's website at www.lecroy.com.  The call also may be accessed by dialing (877) 709-8155 or (201) 689-8881.  For interested individuals unable to join the live conference call, a webcast replay will be available on the Company's website for approximately one year.

About LeCroy Corporation

LeCroy Corporation is a worldwide leader in serial data test solutions, creating advanced instruments that drive product innovation by quickly measuring, analyzing and verifying complex electronic signals.  The Company offers high-performance oscilloscopes, serial data analyzers and global communications protocol test solutions used by design engineers in the computer, semiconductor and consumer electronics, data storage, automotive and industrial, and military and aerospace markets.  LeCroy's 47-year heritage of technical innovation is the foundation for its recognized leadership in "WaveShape Analysis" - capturing, viewing and measuring the high-speed signals that drive today's information and communications technologies.  LeCroy is headquartered in Chestnut Ridge, New York.  Company information is available at http://www.lecroy.com.

Safe Harbor

This release contains forward-looking statements, including those pertaining, but not limited to, expectations regarding: continuing to see opportunities to further penetrate the oscilloscope market; expectation to continue to see strong demand for LabMaster, the world's highest bandwidth and channel count oscilloscope system; expectation to continue to see robust demand for LeCroy's products and strong backlog; and LeCroy's expectations for second-quarter and full-year fiscal 2012 revenues, non-GAAP operating margin and non-GAAP earnings per share.

Actual performance and results of operations may differ materially from those projected or suggested in the forward-looking statements due to certain risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, adverse changes in general economic or political conditions in any of the major countries in which LeCroy does business; volume and timing of orders received; changes in the mix of products sold; competitive pricing pressure; the availability and timing of funding for the Company's current products; delays in development or shipment of LeCroy's new products or existing products; introduction of new products by existing and new competitors; failure to successfully manage transitions to new markets; failure to anticipate and develop new products and services in response to changes in demand; failure to obtain and maintain cost reductions; difficulty in predicting revenue from new products; disputes and litigation; inability to protect LeCroy's intellectual property from third-party infringers; failure to manage LeCroy's sales and distribution channels effectively; disruption of LeCroy's business due to catastrophic events; risks associated with international operations; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates applicable to our variable rate bank debt; changes in, or interpretations of, accounting principles; inventory write-down; impairment of long-lived assets; valuation of deferred tax assets; unanticipated changes in, or interpretations of, tax rules and regulations; LeCroy's inability to attract and retain key personnel; and interruptions or terminations in LeCroy's relationships with turnkey assemblers.

For further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, individuals should refer to LeCroy's SEC filings, which are available at the Company's website www.lecroy.com. The financial information set forth in this press release reflects estimates based on information available at this time. These amounts could differ from actual reported amounts stated in LeCroy's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 1, 2011, which the Company expects to file in November 2011.

LeCroy undertakes no obligation to publicly update forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise. Further information on potential factors that could affect LeCroy Corporation's business are described in the Company's reports on file with the SEC.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Certain disclosures in this press release include "non-GAAP financial measures." A non-GAAP financial measure is defined as a numerical measure of a company's financial performance, financial position or cash flows that excludes or includes amounts so as to be different from the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the Consolidated Balance Sheets, Consolidated Statements of Operations or Cash Flows of the Company.

The non-GAAP results are a supplement to the financial statements based on generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). The Company believes this presentation provides investors and LeCroy management with additional insight into its underlying results because of the materiality of certain non-cash charges. The Company excludes these expenses when evaluating core operating activities and for strategic decision making, forecasting future results and evaluating current performance.

We define non-GAAP gross profit as gross profit as reported under GAAP plus or minus primarily non-cash charges for share-based compensation (benefit) costs and business realignment charges included in cost of revenues. Non-GAAP gross margin is computed as non-GAAP gross profit as a percentage of total revenues. Non-GAAP gross profit and non-GAAP gross margin are not substitutes for comparable GAAP measures.

We define non-GAAP operating income as operating income (loss) reported under GAAP plus or minus primarily non-cash charges for share-based compensation (benefit) costs, business realignment charges, acquisition costs and amortization of intangible assets acquired through the Bogatin Enterprises, L.L.C. transaction. A significant portion of our stock-based compensation benefit was the result of the decrease in the fair value of our SARs, driven primarily by the decline in our stock price. Non-GAAP operating income is not a substitute for GAAP operating income (loss).

We define non-GAAP net income as net income (loss) reported under GAAP plus or minus primarily non-cash charges for share-based compensation (benefit) costs, business realignment charges, acquisition costs and amortization of intangible assets acquired through the Bogatin Enterprises, L.L.C. transaction, write-off of debt issue costs and non-cash amortization of debt discount on convertible notes, each net of applicable income taxes, such that the effective tax rate, for non-GAAP net income is approximately 29% and 31% on a year-to-date basis, adjusted for tax return filing true-ups and reserve adjustments, for the 2011 and 2012 periods, respectively. Non-GAAP net income is not a substitute for GAAP net income (loss).

We define non-GAAP net income per diluted common share as non-GAAP net income divided by the weighted average number of shares outstanding plus the dilutive effect of stock options, restricted stock and the convertible notes, calculated consistent with GAAP, as applicable. Non-GAAP net income per diluted common share is not a substitute for GAAP net income (loss) per diluted common share.

Non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per diluted common share, as we defined them, may differ from similarly named measures used by other entities and, consequently, could be misleading unless all entities calculate and define such non-GAAP measures in the same manner. A presentation of, and a reconciliation of, our non-GAAP financial measures with the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included in the accompanying financial data. By definition, non-GAAP measures do not give a full understanding of LeCroy; therefore, to be truly valuable, they must be used in conjunction with the GAAP measures. We strongly encourage investors to review our consolidated financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety and not rely on any single financial measure.

LeCROY CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(UNAUDITED)

Quarter Ended

Oct 1,

Oct 2,

2011

2010

In thousands, except per share data

Revenues:

Test and measurement products

$      45,905

$      36,473

   Service and other

3,121

2,637

        Total revenues

49,026

39,110

Cost of revenues:

         Share-based compensation

(232)

135

         Other costs of revenues

19,376

15,587

19,144

15,722

        Gross profit

29,882

23,388

Operating expenses:

   Selling, general and administrative:

         Share-based compensation

(4,369)

4,037

         Other selling, general and administrative expenses

13,545

11,312

9,176

15,349

   Research and development:

         Share-based compensation

(471)

697

         Other research and development expenses

9,423

7,905

8,952

8,602

        Total operating expenses

18,128

23,951

Operating income (loss)

11,754

(563)

Other income (expense):

  Write-off of debt issue costs

(153)

-

  Interest income

24

11

  Interest expense

(465)

(790)

  Amortization of debt discount on convertible notes

(470)

(561)

  Other, net

(171)

(277)

      Other expense, net

(1,235)

(1,617)

Income (loss) before income taxes

10,519

(2,180)

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

3,230

(916)

Net income (loss)

$        7,289

$      (1,264)

Net income (loss) per common share

             Basic

$          0.44

$        (0.10)

             Diluted

$          0.43

$        (0.10)

Weighted average number of common shares:

             Basic

16,460

12,667

             Diluted

16,965

12,667

LeCROY CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(UNAUDITED)

Oct 1,

July 2,

In thousands

2011

2011

ASSETS

Current assets:

        Cash and cash equivalents

$        9,363

$        5,488

        Accounts receivable, net

30,997

31,562

        Inventories, net

46,674

48,248

        Other current assets

11,332

13,329

                 Total current assets

98,366

98,627

Property and equipment, net

26,609

26,334

Intangible assets, net

1,787

499

Other non-current assets

4,274

4,733

TOTAL ASSETS

$    131,036

$    130,193

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities:

        Accounts payable

$      17,029

$      17,896

        Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

18,885

24,728

        Convertible notes, net of unamortized discount of $82 and $553, respectively

29,568

29,097

                 Total current liabilities

65,482

71,721

Deferred revenue and other non-current liabilities

4,357

3,968

                 Total liabilities

69,839

75,689

Stockholders’ equity

61,197

54,504

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

$    131,036

$    130,193

LeCROY CORPORATION

RECONCILIATION OF REPORTED GAAP RESULTS

TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(UNAUDITED)

Quarter Ended

Oct 1,

Oct 2,

2011

2010

In thousands

GAAP gross profit, as reported

$          29,882

$             23,388

Non GAAP adjustments:

Share-based compensation

(232)

135

Business realignment - severance charge

68

-

Non GAAP gross profit

$          29,718

$             23,523

Quarter Ended

Oct 1,

Oct 2,

2011

2010

In thousands

GAAP operating income (loss), as reported

$          11,754

$                (563)

Non GAAP adjustments:

Share-based compensation

(5,072)

4,869

Business realignment - severance charge

81

-

Acquisition costs

38

-

Amortization of intangible assets acquired

72

-

Non GAAP operating income

$            6,873

$               4,306

Quarter Ended

Oct 1,

Oct 2,

2011

2010

In thousands

GAAP net income (loss), as reported

$            7,289

$             (1,264)

After-tax effect of Non GAAP adjustments:

Share-based compensation

(3,517)

3,220

Business realignment - severance charge

57

-

Acquisition costs

27

-

Amortization of intangible assets acquired

50

-

Write-off of debt issue costs

106

-

Non-cash amortization of debt discount on convertible notes

328

362

Non GAAP net income

$            4,340

$               2,318

Quarter Ended

Oct 1,

Oct 2,

2011

2010

In thousands, except per share data

Net income (loss) per common share

     Diluted, as reported

$              0.43

$               (0.10)

     Diluted, non GAAP

$              0.26

$                 0.18

Weighted average number of common shares:

     Diluted, as reported

16,965

12,667

     Diluted, non GAAP

16,965

13,013

Contact: Sean B. O'Connor Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer LeCroy Corporation Tel:  845-425-2000

SOURCE LeCroy Corporation



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