Spectrum Control Reports Second Quarter Profit

Company Achieves Record Levels of Customer Orders and Revenues; Earnings Per Share Up 39% from a Year Ago

Jun 23, 2010, 16:00 ET from Spectrum Control, Inc.

FAIRVIEW, Pa., June 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Spectrum Control, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPEC), a leading designer and manufacturer of custom electronic products and systems, today reported results for the second quarter ended May 31, 2010.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2010, the Company reported net income of $3.3 million or 25 cents per diluted share on sales of $39.7 million, compared to net income of $2.2 million or 18 cents per share on sales of $33.6 million for the same period last year. For the first half of fiscal 2010, the Company had net income of $5.7 million or 44 cents per diluted share on sales of $77.6 million. For the comparable period of 2009, the Company had net income of $4.4 million or 35 cents per share on sales of $66.7 million.

Dick Southworth, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are very pleased to report current quarter financial results that exceed our previous guidance. During the second quarter of fiscal 2010, total customer orders received amounted to $45.7 million, an increase of $9.6 million or 27% from the comparable quarter of last year, and up 29% from the first quarter of this year. This record level of customer orders reflects the continued strength of our military and defense business, combined with a partial rebound of our commercial business as general economic conditions continue to improve. With this strong customer order rate, our book-to-bill ratio in the current quarter was 1.15 to 1.00, with all four of our major operating segments generating a positive book-to-bill. During the current quarter, we also achieved record revenues of $39.7 million, primarily driven by the improvement in our commercial markets and the impact of our acquisition late last year of Micro Networks Corporation ("Micro Networks"). Just as importantly, our operating margins improved significantly during the current quarter, as we leveraged our fixed manufacturing costs over greater sales volume and continued to successfully integrate the operations of Micro Networks into our Microwave Components and Systems Business. As a result, our quarterly earnings grew to 25 cents per share, an increase of 39% from the same period last year and up 32% from the first quarter of this year. With our strong second quarter operating performance, and growing demand for virtually all of our product capabilities and custom solutions, we optimistically look forward to the remainder of fiscal 2010."

Second Quarter Highlights

Increased Sales

During the second quarter of fiscal 2010, our consolidated net sales were $39.7 million, an increase of $6.1 million or 18% from the comparable period last year. In addition to $3.1 million of Micro Networks product shipments, this sales growth reflects increased demand for our products used in numerous commercial applications including communications equipment, medical devices, industrial controls, and instrumentation. Sales of our advanced specialty products were $12.4 million in the current quarter, compared to $10.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2009, an increase of $ 2.2 million or 21%. In the current period, shipments for these products were up in virtually all of our key commercial markets. Shipments of our power management systems increased by $825,000 or 40% compared to a year ago, with sales of $2.9 million in the current quarter. Shipments for these advanced systems were particularly strong in applications for data storage and networking systems. Excluding the impact of our current period Micro Networks product sales, shipments of our microwave products were relatively comparable to the same quarter of last year. However, demand remains strong for our microwave products which are predominantly used in numerous military/defense programs, including applications in secure communications, radar systems, and countermeasures for improvised explosive devices. Total customer orders for our microwave products were $21.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2010, up $5.9 million or 37% from a year ago.

Improved Operating Margins

In the current quarter, our gross margin was $11.1 million or 27.9% of sales, compared to 26.6% of sales for the same quarter last year and 23.4% of sales for the first quarter of this year. This increase in gross margin percentage was principally driven by improved direct labor efficiencies and better leveraging of fixed manufacturing costs over greater sales volumes. Selling, general and administrative expense decreased in the current quarter, as a percentage of sales, reflecting economies of scale realized with additional revenues. Selling, general and administrative expense was $5.9 million or 14.9% of sales in the second quarter of fiscal 2010, compared to $5.5 million or 16.2% of sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2009. With this performance, our income from operations grew to $5.2 million or 13% of sales in the current quarter, compared to $3.5 million or 10.4% of sales in the same period last year and $3.7 million or 9.8% of sales for the first quarter of this year.

Strong Cash Flow and Financial Position

Net cash provided by operating activities was $6.4 million in the first six months of fiscal 2010. Our positive operating cash flow and existing cash balances enabled us to repay $6.0 million of our short-term bank borrowings and fund capital expenditures of $3.5 million. At the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2010, our ratio of current assets to current liabilities was 5.36 to 1.00, and our total bank borrowings were only $1.5 million. As of May 31, 2010, our total stockholders' equity was $119.6 million, reflecting a book value of $9.34 per share. We believe that our strong cash flow and financial position provide a solid foundation for future growth and enhanced shareholder value.

Current Business Outlook

Mr. Southworth added, "On June 18, 2010, we completed the acquisition of Sage Laboratories, Inc. ("Sage Labs") which continued our strategic expansion of microwave capabilities and technologies. The total purchase price of the acquisition was approximately $6.5 million, which was substantially funded by borrowings under our domestic line of credit. Current annualized revenues of Sage Labs' products are approximately $12 million. In its first partial quarter, we currently expect Sage Labs product shipments of $2 million to be included in our third quarter consolidated sales. With its initial integration into our Microwave Components and Systems Business, along with acquisition-related costs of approximately $350,000 incurred and charged to expense in the third quarter, we anticipate that the Sage Labs acquisition will not have a significant affect on our third quarter earnings, with the acquisition becoming accretive during our fiscal fourth quarter of this year."

Mr. Southworth continued, "Based on the above assumptions regarding Sage Labs and our current assessment of overall business conditions and customer demand, we presently anticipate our fiscal 2010 third quarter sales to be $42 to $43 million with earnings of 27 to 28 cents per share. If this operating performance is achieved, it would represent an increase of 33% to 37% in sales and 69% to 75% in earnings per share from the comparable period of a year ago. With our positive performance in the first half of fiscal 2010, a commercial marketplace that shows signs of rebounding from the global recession, and operating margins that should improve during the second half of the year as we continue to leverage our fixed operating costs and consolidate our recent acquisitions, we remain very confident about our Company's future."

Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company's business based, in part, on assumptions made by management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors and risks discussed from time to time in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports. In addition, such statements could be affected by general industry and market conditions and growth rates, and general domestic and international economic conditions. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

Simultaneous Webcast and Teleconference Replay

Spectrum Control, Inc. will host a teleconference to discuss its second quarter fiscal 2010 results on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at 4:45 p.m., Eastern Time. Internet users will be able to access a simultaneous webcast of the teleconference at www.spectrumcontrol.com or www.vcall.com. A taped replay of the call will be available through June 24, 2010, at 877-660-6853, access account 286, conference 351940, or for 30 days over the Internet at the Company's website.

About Spectrum Control

Spectrum Control, Inc. is a leader in the design, development and manufacture of custom electronic products and systems for the defense, aerospace, communications, and medical industries worldwide. For more information about Spectrum Control and its products, please visit the Company's website at www.spectrumcontrol.com.

Tables follow

Spectrum Control, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

( Unaudited )

( Dollar Amounts in Thousands )

May 31,

November 30,

2010

2009

Assets

Current assets

  Cash and cash equivalents

$

3,621

$

6,090

  Accounts receivable, net

25,208

22,623

  Inventories, net

33,781

34,223

  Deferred income taxes

1,425

1,425

  Prepaid expenses and other current assets

1,878

2,434

         Total current assets

65,913

66,795

Property, plant and equipment, net

27,231

26,383

Noncurrent assets

  Goodwill

41,697

44,995

  Other

8,155

5,556

         Total assets

$

142,996

$

143,729

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Current liabilities

  Short-term debt

$

1,000

$

7,000

  Accounts payable

6,530

7,124

  Accrued liabilities

4,691

5,366

  Current portion of long-term debt

65

65

         Total current liabilities

12,286

19,555

Long-term debt

415

480

Other liabilities

627

728

Deferred income taxes

10,073

9,542

Stockholders' equity

119,595

113,424

         Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

142,996

$

143,729

Spectrum Control, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

( Unaudited )

(Amounts in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)

For the Three Months Ended

For the Six Months Ended

May 31,

May 31,

2010

2009

2010

2009

Net sales

$

39,731

$

33,623

$

77,601

$

66,740

Cost of products sold

28,640

24,675

57,631

49,534

Gross margin

11,091

8,948

19,970

17,206

Selling, general and

 administrative expense

5,924

5,464

11,083

10,331

Income from operations

5,167

3,484

8,887

6,875

Other income ( expense ):

    Interest expense

( 35)

( 66)

( 82)

( 163)

    Other income and expense, net

6

9

40

38

( 29)

( 57)

( 42)

( 125)

Income before provision for

 income taxes

5,138

3,427

8,845

6,750

Provision for income taxes

1,867

1,206

3,166

2,376

Net income

$

3,271

$

2,221

$

5,679

$

4,374

Earnings per common share:

    Basic

$

0.26

$

0.18

$

0.45

$

0.35

    Diluted

$

0.25

$

0.18

$

0.44

$

0.35

Average number of common shares

 outstanding:

    Basic

12,783

12,571

12,740

12,571

    Diluted

13,115

12,679

13,040

12,636

Spectrum Control, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Selected Financial Data

( Unaudited )

For the Three Months Ended

For the Six Months Ended

May 31,

May 31,

Selected Financial Data,

2010

2009

2010

2009

  as a Percentage of Net Sales:

  Net sales

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

  Cost of products sold

72.1

73.4

74.3

74.2

  Gross margin

27.9

26.6

25.7

25.8

  Selling, general and

    administrative expense

14.9

16.2

14.3

15.5

  Income from operations

13.0

10.4

11.4

10.3

  Other income ( expense ):

       Interest expense

( 0.1)

( 0.2)

( 0.1)

( 0.2)

       Other income and expense, net

-

-

0.1

-

  Income before provision for

    income taxes

12.9

10.2

11.4

10.1

  Provision for income taxes

4.7

3.6

4.1

3.5

  Net income

8.2%

6.6%

7.3%

6.6%

Selected Operating Segment Data:

( Dollar Amounts in Thousands )

  Advanced specialty products:

       Customer orders received

$

14,186

$

14,056

$

26,359

$

26,713

       Net sales

12,361

10,218

24,034

20,819

  Microwave components and systems:

       Customer orders received

21,723

15,827

37,808

28,301

       Net sales

19,453

16,236

37,285

30,242

  Power management systems:

       Customer orders received

3,012

1,382

5,532

3,489

       Net sales

2,872

2,047

6,744

4,841

  Sensors and controls:

       Customer orders received

6,749

4,803

11,261

9,034

       Net sales

5,045

5,122

9,538

10,838

SOURCE Spectrum Control, Inc.



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