Spectrum Control Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Profit

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 Corporate News
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FAIRVIEW, Pa., Jan. 11 Spectrum Control, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPEC), a leading designer and manufacturer of custom electronic products and systems, today reported results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended November 30, 2009.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, the Company reported net income of $2.1 million or 17 cents per share on sales of $34.1 million, compared to net income of $2.5 million or 20 cents per share on sales of $33.8 million for the same period last year.

For the fiscal year 2009, the Company had net income of $8.6 million or 67 cents per diluted share on sales of $132.3 million. In fiscal year 2008, the Company had net income of $8.9 million or 67 cents per diluted share on sales of $130.7 million.

Dick Southworth, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are very pleased to report fourth quarter financial results that are consistent with our previous guidance, with current quarter revenues up $2.6 million or 8% and pretax profits up 13% from the third quarter of this year. Our military and defense business continues to grow, generating $20.5 million or 60% of our overall revenues during the fourth quarter, an increase of $3.4 million or 20% from the same period a year ago. We firmly believe that we are well-positioned for significant growth and enhanced shareholder value, as applications for our products in military and defense remain strong and the commercial markets begin to rebound."

Financial Highlights

Key Acquisition

On November 30, 2009, we acquired substantially all of the assets and assumed certain liabilities of Micro Networks Corporation ("Micro Networks"), a subsidiary of Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: IDTI). Micro Networks, with operations in Worcester, MA and Auburn, NY designs and manufactures high-performance data conversion products, custom modules, and a broad line of filters, oscillators, and delay lines based on surface acoustic wave ("SAW") technology. This acquisition reflects our continued commitment to product and technology expansion. Micro Networks' products include integrated microwave assemblies with hybrid circuit design, precision bulk acoustic wave ("BAW") delay lines and synthesizers. These complex products and related SAW technology are a natural complement and extension to our Microwave Components and Systems Business. Substantially all of Micro Network's products are used in defense and aerospace applications, including radar systems, missile defense systems, and secure communications. Recent annual revenues of Micro Networks have approximated $14 million. The aggregate cash purchase price for Micro Networks was $12.9 million.

Improved Gross Margin

In the current quarter our gross margin was $9.4 million or 27.6% of sales, compared to $7.7 million or 24.6% of sales in the preceding quarter. Despite the global recession and its impact on virtually all commercial markets, we have strategically maintained certain production capacity and infrastructure to enable us to quickly and efficiently respond to our customers. Accordingly, as sales volumes begin to grow, we do not need to add any significant production capacity, allowing us to leverage our fixed manufacturing overhead and enhance our operating margins.

Record Annual Operating Cash Flow

In the current quarter, net cash provided by operating activities amounted to $5.3 million, an increase of $2.9 million from the comparable quarter of last year. For the fiscal year ended November 30, 2009, net cash provided by operating activities was over $19 million. This record level of operating cash flow reflects improved accounts receivable turnover rates and other reductions in working capital requirements. As a result of this strong cash generation in fiscal year 2009, we were able to expend nearly $4 million in capital equipment additions, repay $3.5 million in bank indebtedness, as well as support the $12.9 million aggregate cash purchase price for Micro Networks. With our cash flow capabilities, a borrowed funds-to-equity ratio of only 0.07 to 1.00, and a book value of $8.96 per share, we believe our liquidity and financial position provide a solid foundation for future growth.

Current Business Outlook

Mr. Southworth added, "With our acquisition of Micro Networks, and our current assessment of business conditions and customer demand, we presently anticipate our 2010 first quarter sales to be $38.0 to $39.0 million. Based on this shipment level, and as we integrate the Micro Networks business, we expect our 2010 first quarter earnings to be 19 to 20 cents per diluted share. If this operating performance is achieved, it would represent an increase of 15% to 18% in sales and 12% to 18% in earnings per diluted share from the comparable period of a year ago. Beyond the first quarter, we remain very optimistic about fiscal year 2010 and expect to build upon our first quarter performance."

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 fourth quarter and fiscal 2009 year-end results on Monday, January 11, 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 January 12, 2010, at 877-660-6853, access account 286, conference 340464, 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.

Spectrum Control, Inc. and Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets ( Unaudited ) ( Dollar Amounts in Thousands ) November 30, November 30, 2009 2008 ---- ---- Assets Current assets Cash and cash equivalents $6,090 $5,397 Accounts receivable, net 22,623 24,043 Inventories, net 34,223 30,638 Deferred income taxes 1,425 1,684 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 2,434 2,307 ----- ----- Total current assets 66,795 64,069 Property, plant and equipment, net 26,383 27,250 Other assets Goodwill 44,995 36,811 Other 5,556 6,654 ----- ----- Total assets $143,729 $134,784 ======== ======== Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Current liabilities Short-term debt $7,000 $10,000 Accounts payable 7,124 6,541 Income taxes payable - 36 Accrued liabilities 5,366 4,415 Current portion of long-term debt 65 487 --- --- Total current liabilities 19,555 21,479 Long-term debt 480 545 Other liabilities 728 978 Deferred income taxes 9,542 8,491 Stockholders' equity 113,424 103,291 ------- ------- Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $143,729 $134,784 ======== ========

SOURCE Spectrum Control, Inc.

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