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Evertz Technologies Reports Results for the Second Quarter Ended October 31, 2011

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Evertz Technologies Reports Results for the Second Quarter Ended October 31, 201116:00 EST Tuesday, December 06, 2011BURLINGTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 6, 2011) - Attention Business/Financial Editors: Evertz Technologies Limited (TSX:ET), a leading equipment provider to the television broadcast industry, today reported its results, for the second quarter ended October 31, 2011, of its fiscal 2012 year. Quarterly Highlights Revenues was $70.5 million Net earnings were $16.1 million for the quarter Gross investment in R&D was $10.0 million Fully-diluted earnings per share were $0.22 for the quarter Purchased and cancelled 305,200 shares pursuant to a NCIBSelected Financial InformationConsolidated Statement of Earnings Data(in thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)Q2 '12Q2 '11Revenue$70,487$82,327Gross margin40,37647,639Earnings from operations21,98331,124Net earnings attributable to shareholders15,99620,734Fully-diluted earnings per share$0.22$0.28Selected Financial InformationConsolidated Balance Sheet Data(in thousands of dollars)Q2 '12YE ' 11Cash and instruments held for trading$186,316$192,025Working capital323,625326,029Total assets408,362410,511Shareholders' equity371,500372,209 Revenue For the quarter ended October 31, 2011, revenues were $70.5 million as compared to revenues of $82.3 million for the quarter ended October 31, 2010. For the quarter, revenues in the United States/Canada region were $35.9 million. The International region had revenues of $34.6 million. Gross Margin For the quarter ended October 31, 2011 gross margin was $40.4 million compared to $47.6 million in the same quarter last year. Gross margin percentage was approximately 57.3% compared to 57.9% for the quarter ended October 31, 2010. Earnings For the quarter ended October 31, 2011 net earnings were $16.1 million as compared to $20.9 million in the corresponding period last year.For the quarter ended October 31, 2011, earnings per share on a fully-diluted basis were $0.22 as compared to $0.28 in the same period in 2010. Operating Expenses For the quarter October 31, 2011 selling and administrative expenses were $11.7 million compared to $9.0 million for the quarter ended October 31, 2010. Selling and administrative expenses represented approximately 16.7% of revenue in the quarter ended October 31, 2011.For the quarter ended October 31, 2011 gross research and development expenses increased by $1.8 million or 22.1% as compared to the corresponding period in 2010. Gross research and development expenses represented approximately 14.2% of revenue for the quarter compared to 10.0% for the same period last year. Liquidity and Capital Resources The Company's working capital as at October 31, 2011 was $323.6 million as compared to $326.0 million on April 30, 2011.Cash and instruments held for trading were $186.3 million as at October 31, 2011 as compared to $192.0 million on April 30, 2011.Cash provided by operations was $22.3 million for the quarter ended October 31, 2011 as compared to $9.5 million for the quarter ended October 31, 2010. Before taking into account the changes in non-cash working capital, the Company generated $19.0 million from operations for the quarter ended October 31, 2011 compared to $27.1 million for the same period last year.The Company spent $3.4 million on the purchase of equipment for the quarter ended October 31, 2011 and compared to $0.9 million for the quarter ended October 31, 2010.For the quarter ended October 31, 2011, the Company used cash from financing activities of $12.5 million which was principally a result of the payment of dividends of $8.8 million and the repurchase of common shares for $3.7 million. IFRS Reporting Commenced First Quarter of 2012 Starting with the first quarter of 2012, Evertz is now reporting its financial results in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). Previously, the Company prepared its financial results under Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Standards ("Canadian GAAP"). The comparative financial information has been restated to reflect the adoption of IFRS. Further information on the transition from Canadian GAAP to IFRS is provided within the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis and Note 15 to the Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. Shipments and Backlog Purchase order backlog at the end of November 2011 was in excess of $39 million and shipments during the month of November 2011 exceeded $20 million. Dividend Declared Evertz Board of Directors declared a dividend on December 06, 2011 of $0.12 per share.The dividend is payable to shareholders of record on December 16, 2011 and will be paid on or about December 23, 2011.Selected Consolidated Financial Information(Unaudited)(in thousands of dollars, except earnings per share and share data)Three month period endedSix month period endedOctober 31,October 31,2011201020112010Revenue$70,487$82,327$145,615$156,143Cost of goods sold30,11134,68862,39265,506Gross margin40,37647,63983,22390,637ExpensesSelling and administrative11,7399,01522,12117,209General1,7891,5113,0982,943Research and development10,0418,22120,36016,243Investment tax credits(2,454)(1,876)(4,736)(3,881)Foreign exchange gain(2,722)(356)(3,065)(943)18,39316,51537,77831,571Earnings before undernoted21,98331,12445,44559,066Finance income453291876529Finance costs(46)(46)(97)(77)Other income and expenses(242)(2,220)(225)(1,507)Earnings before income taxes22,14829,14945,99958,011Provision for (recovery of) income taxesCurrent6,1267,39913,48116,878Deferred(75)822(1,203)(345)6,0518,22112,27816,533Net earnings for the period$16,097$20,928$33,721$41,478Net earnings attributable to non-controlling interest101194198336Net earnings attributable to shareholders15,99620,73433,52341,142Net earnings for the period$16,097$20,928$33,721$41,478Earnings per shareBasic$0.22$0.28$0.45$0.56Diluted$0.22$0.28$0.45$0.56Consolidated Balance Sheet DataAs atAs atOctober 31, 2011April 30, 2011Cash and instruments held for trading$186,316$192,025Inventory$104,050$106,422Working capital$323,625$326,029Total assets$408,362$410,511Shareholders' equity$371,500$372,209Number of common shares outstanding:Basic73,224,28674,470,606Fully-diluted78,146,43678,577,206Weighted average number of shares outstanding:Basic74,085,65973,989,997Fully-diluted74,416,63374,879,139Forward-Looking StatementsThe report contains forward-looking statements reflecting Evertz's objectives, estimates and expectations. Such forward looking statements use words such as "may", "will", "expect", "believe", "anticipate", "plan", "intend", "project ", "continue" and other similar terminology of a forward-looking nature or negatives of those terms.Although management of the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, all forward-looking statements address matters that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Accordingly, there are or will be a number of significant factors which could cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results to be materially different from any future results performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.Conference CallThe Company will hold a conference call with financial analysts to discuss the results on December 06, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. (EDT). Media and other interested parties are invited to join the conference call in listen-only mode. The conference call may be accessed by dialing 1-416-849-6166 or toll-free (North America) 1-866-250-6267.For those unable to listen to the live call, a rebroadcast will also be available until January 06, 2012. The rebroadcast can be accessed at 1-416-915-1035 or toll-free 1-866-245-6755. The pass code for the rebroadcast is 48060.About EvertzEvertz Technologies Limited (TSX:ET) designs, manufactures and markets video and audio infrastructure equipment for the production, post production, broadcast and internet protocol television ("IPTV") industry. The Company's solutions are purchased by content creators, broadcasters, specialty channels and television service providers to support their increasingly complex multi-channel digital and high definition television ("HDTV") broadcast environments and by telecommunications companies to roll-out IPTV. The Company's products allow its customers to generate additional revenue while reducing costs through the more efficient signal routing, distribution, monitoring and management of content as well as the automation of previously manual processes.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Anthony GridleyEvertz Technologies LimitedChief Financial Officer(905)