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Cubic Reports Fiscal Year 2013 Results

<ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Sales of $1.361 billion for fiscal year 2013 </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Net income of $19.8 million, or $0.74 per diluted share for fiscal year 2013 </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Non-cash goodwill impairment of $50.9 million, or $1.61 per diluted share, net of applicable taxes, recorded in the fourth quarter of 2013 </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA of $112.6 million for fiscal year 2013 </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> Backlog of $2.669 billion as of September 30, 2013 </li> </ul>

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Cubic Reports Fiscal Year 2013 Results

16:02 EST Thursday, December 05, 2013

SAN DIEGO (Business Wire) -- Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) today reported its financial results for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013.

Sales in fiscal year 2013 were $1.361 billion compared to $1.381 billion in 2012, a decrease of 1%. Four acquisitions made during the fiscal year added $43.1 million in sales, while organic sales decreased 5%.

Operating income was $36.4 million for the year compared to $128.0 million in 2012. Operating income decreased in all three operating segments. The largest contributor to lower operating income was a goodwill impairment charge of $50.9 million taken in the fourth quarter within our Mission Support Services (MSS) segment. In addition, the decline was driven by an 8% decrease in gross profit margins on product sales, partially offset by a 4% increase in gross profit margins for services revenues. The decrease in product gross profit was due in part to growth in estimated costs to complete transportation projects in Sydney, Australia, and Vancouver, B.C. Canada, that impacted operating income by $17.2 million in the fourth quarter. In addition, during the year we incurred $8.1 million in restructuring charges primarily in our Defense Systems (CDS) segment.

Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA was $112.6 million or 8% of sales in fiscal year 2013 compared to $150.9 million or 11% of sales in 2012. The product gross margin decrease and restructuring charges, mentioned above, contributed to the decrease in Adjusted EBITDA (see the table included in the section titled “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information” for a reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures).

Net income was $19.8 million, or $0.74 per share, in fiscal year 2013 compared to $91.9 million last year, or $3.44 per share, reflecting lower operating income, including the goodwill impairment, and a higher effective income tax rate. Our effective tax rate increased this year due to an unfavorable impact associated with the goodwill impairment because a large portion of our goodwill is not deductible for income tax purposes. In addition, we increased our valuation allowance by $3.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 for a deferred tax asset related to our Australian operations.

Backlog was $2.669 billion at the end of fiscal year 2013 compared to $2.832 billion in the prior year, a decrease of $162.7 million. The decrease was due to lower backlog in our Transportation Systems (CTS) and MSS segments due to sales in 2013 in excess of new contract orders added, partially offset by an increase in CDS backlog, which was driven by more than $125 million of new contracts in the Asia Pacific region in 2013.

“Fiscal year 2013 was a transition year for the company, which concluded with a very difficult fourth quarter,” said William W. Boyle, Chief Executive Officer of Cubic Corporation. “While our performance in 2013 was poor, it was an important year in terms of positioning the businesses for the long-term. We believe fiscal 2014 will be a much better year with a turnaround in operating income and cash flows, as major design and build projects in the transportation segment move into the services phase. We also expect the restructuring and realignment of the defense systems business coupled with recently awarded contracts with the Navy and international customers to improve margins in defense systems. Next year we expect sales to grow from $1.361 billion to a range of $1.42 billion to $1.45 billion and EPS to grow from $0.74 per share to somewhere between $2.60 and $2.75 per share.”

Reportable Segment Results

Transportation Systems (38% of fiscal 2013 consolidated sales)

Years ended September 30,       2013       2012
      (in millions)
Transportation Systems Sales $ 516.9       $ 513.6
Transportation Systems Operating Income $ 62.4 $ 76.3

CTS sales increased 1% in 2013 to $516.9 million from $513.6 million last year. During 2013 we had higher sales from transit system contracts in North America and a $7.8 million sales contribution from NextBus which was acquired in January 2013. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in design and build activities in Sydney, Vancouver and with UK train operating companies. Revenue comparisons were also negatively impacted for the year by $6.6 million in foreign currency exchange rate differences.

CTS operating income was down 18% to $62.4 million for fiscal 2013 compared to $76.3 million last year. The major cause for the decrease was growth in estimated costs to complete design and build projects in Sydney, Australia and Vancouver, B.C. Canada, as mentioned above.

Mission Support Services (34% of fiscal 2013 consolidated sales)

Years ended September 30,       2013       2012
      (in millions)
Mission Support Services Sales $ 468.5       $ 491.4
Mission Support Services Operating Income (Loss) $ (36.1 ) $ 21.9

MSS sales decreased 5% in 2013 to $468.5 million from $491.4 million in 2012. During the year we acquired NEK Services which contributed $31.6 million in sales. The decline in organic sales for MSS was 11% for the year. MSS sales declined 28% in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to 2012, excluding NEK sales.

MSS had an operating loss of $36.1 million in 2013 compared to an operating profit of $21.9 million in 2012. The loss was primarily related to a goodwill impairment charge taken in the fourth quarter. The impacts of sequestration and other changes in the business environment caused significant impacts on MSS beginning late in 2013. In light of this, during our strategic and financial planning process late in 2013, we made downward revisions in our estimates of future revenues and margins. As a result, in the fourth quarter of 2013 we estimated that there was a decline in the estimated fair value of MSS, which resulted in the recognition of goodwill impairment totaling $50.9 million.

Defense Systems (28% of fiscal 2013 consolidated sales)

Years ended September 30,       2013       2012
      (in millions)
Defense Systems Sales $ 375.1       $ 375.4
Defense Systems Operating Income $ 14.2 $ 34.6

CDS sales were virtually unchanged in 2013 from 2012 at $375.1 million. Included in sales for 2013 was $3.7 million in sales from two small acquisitions completed during the year. During the year CDS was awarded a new $298.5 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract for immersive game based training for the U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship program. For the fiscal year CDS had $4.4 million in sales associated with this contract.

Operating income in 2013 for CDS was $14.2 million compared to $34.6 million in 2012. In 2012 operating income was higher by $12.5 million due to a favorable change in estimate on a ground combat training system. Negatively impacting operating income in 2013 was a higher operating loss in the secure communications business. The increased loss this year was attributable to cost growth on an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) data link program and a $2.8 million inventory valuation write down for the global tracking product line. In addition, operating income in 2013 was negatively impacted by restructuring costs of $7.8 million.

Conference Call

Cubic management will host a conference call to discuss the company's fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013 results today, Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM ET (1:30 PM PT) that will be simultaneously broadcast over the Internet. William W. Boyle, Chief Executive Officer, and John “Jay” D. Thomas, Chief Financial Officer, will host the call. Listeners may access the conference call live over the Internet at the company's website under the “Investor Relations” tab at

Please allow 15 minutes prior to the call to visit our website to download any necessary audio software. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, an archived version will be available at the same location for approximately 30 days following the live webcast.

About Cubic

Cubic Corporation is globally diversified in transportation and defense markets. The company's Transportation segment is a leading systems integrator that develops and provides fare collection infrastructure, services and technology for public transit authorities and operators worldwide. Cubic's Mission Support Services segment is a leading provider of training, operations, maintenance, technical and other support services to the U.S. and allied nations. The Defense Systems segment is a leading provider of realistic combat training systems and secure communications systems. For more information about Cubic, see the company's web site at

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are subject to the safe harbor created by such Act. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements about our expectations regarding future events or our future financial and/or operating performance, including, but not limited to, statements about future events or Cubic's future financial and operating performance. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as “may,” “will,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “continuing,” “ongoing,” “expect,” “believe,” “intend,” “predict,” “potential,” “opportunity” and similar words or phrases or the negatives of these words or phrases. These statements involve risks, estimates, assumptions and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these statements, including, among others: our dependence on U.S. and foreign government contracts; delays in approving U.S. and foreign government budgets and cuts in U.S. and foreign government defense expenditures; the ability of certain government agencies to unilaterally terminate or modify our contracts with them; our ability to successfully integrate new companies into our business and to properly assess the effects of such integration on our financial condition; the U.S. government's increased emphasis on awarding contracts to small businesses, and our ability to retain existing contracts or win new contracts under competitive bidding processes; the effects of politics and economic conditions on negotiations and business dealings in the various countries in which we do business or intend to do business; competition and technology changes in the defense and transportation industries; our ability to accurately estimate the time and resources necessary to satisfy obligations under our contracts; the effect of adverse regulatory changes on our ability to sell products and services; our ability to identify, attract and retain qualified employees; business disruptions due to cyber security threats, physical threats, terrorist acts, acts of nature and public health crises; our involvement in litigation, including litigation related to patents, proprietary rights and employee misconduct; our reliance on subcontractors and on a limited number of third parties to manufacture and supply our products; our ability to comply with our development contracts and to successfully develop, introduce and sell new products, systems and services in current and future markets; defects in, or a lack of adequate coverage by insurance or indemnity for, our products and systems; and changes in U.S. and foreign tax laws, exchange rates or our economic assumptions regarding our pension plans. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in our SEC filings available at, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Because the risks, estimates, assumptions and uncertainties referred to above could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

Adjusted EBITDA represents net income attributable to Cubic before interest, taxes, non-operating income, goodwill impairment charges, depreciation and amortization. We believe that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA included in this report provides useful information to investors with which to analyze our operating trends and performance and ability to service and incur debt. Also, Adjusted EBITDA is a factor we use in measuring our performance and compensating certain of our executives. Further, we believe Adjusted EBITDA facilitates company-to-company operating performance comparisons by backing out potential differences caused by variations in capital structures (affecting net interest expense), taxation, the age and book depreciation of property, plant and equipment (affecting relative depreciation expense), goodwill impairment charges and non-operating expenses which may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to operating performance. In addition, we believe that Adjusted EBITDA is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in their evaluation of companies, many of which present an Adjusted EBITDA measure when reporting their results. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measurement of financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income as a measure of performance. In addition, other companies may define Adjusted EBITDA differently and, as a result, our measure of Adjusted EBITDA may not be directly comparable to Adjusted EBITDA of other companies. Furthermore, Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.

Because of these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using Adjusted EBITDA only supplementally. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on Adjusted EBITDA.

The following table reconciles Adjusted EBITDA to net income attributable to Cubic, which we consider to be the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to Adjusted EBITDA.

    Year Ended September 30,
2013     2012     2011
(in thousands)
Net income attributable to Cubic $ 19,798 $ 91,900 $ 83,594
Provision for income taxes 14,205 38,183 32,373
Interest expense (income), net 1,839 (1,444 ) (1,107 )
Other expense (income), net 367 (821 ) (1,662 )
Noncontrolling interest in income of VIE 183 204 310
Depreciation and amortization 25,359 22,857 22,341
Impairment of goodwill   50,865   -     -  
ADJUSTED EBITDA $ 112,616 $ 150,879   $ 135,849  

Financial Statements

(amounts in thousands, except per share data)
Years Ended September 30,
  2013     2012     2011  
Net sales:
Products $ 568,442 $ 663,287 $ 600,933
Services   792,281     718,208     694,648  
1,360,723 1,381,495 1,295,581
Costs and expenses:
Products 429,494 451,573 418,279
Services 629,832 594,662 564,062

Selling, general and administrative expenses

164,876 163,688 159,791
Restructuring costs 8,139 - -
Impairment of goodwill 50,865 - -
Research and development 24,445 28,722 25,260
Amortization of purchased intangibles   16,680     14,828     14,681  
  1,324,331     1,253,473     1,182,073  
Operating income 36,392 128,022 113,508
Other income (expenses):

Interest and dividend income

1,576 2,994 2,568
Interest expense (3,415 ) (1,550 ) (1,461 )
Other income (expense) - net   (367 )   821     1,662  
Income before income taxes 34,186 130,287 116,277
Income taxes   14,205     38,183     32,373  
Net income 19,981 92,104 83,904
Less noncontrolling interest in income of VIE   183     204     310  
Net income attributable to Cubic $ 19,798   $ 91,900   $ 83,594  
Net income per share attributable to Cubic:
Basic $ 0.74 $ 3.44 $ 3.13
Diluted 0.74 3.44 3.13
Weighted average shares used in per share calculations:
Basic 26,736 26,736 26,736
Diluted 26,760 26,736 26,736
(in thousands)
September 30,
  2013     2012  
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 203,892 $ 212,267
Restricted cash 69,381 68,749
Marketable securities 4,055 -
Accounts receivable:
Trade and other receivables 17,976 17,543
Long-term contracts 358,825 333,617
Allowance for doubtful accounts   (658 )   (463 )
376,143 350,697
Recoverable income taxes 7,885 7,083
Inventories 54,400 52,366
Deferred income taxes 8,354 7,587
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   10,284     13,977  
Total current assets   734,394     712,726  
Long-term contract receivables 19,249 22,070
Long-term capitalized contract costs 75,520 26,875
Property, plant and equipment, net 56,305 55,327
Deferred income taxes 19,322 16,364
Goodwill 134,851 146,933
Purchased intangibles, net 57,542 39,374
Miscellaneous other assets   9,772     6,648  
Total assets $ 1,106,955   $ 1,026,317  
(in thousands)
September 30,
  2013     2012  
Current liabilities:
Trade accounts payable $ 39,016 $ 47,917
Customer advances 103,187 100,764
Accrued compensation 43,394 52,680
Other current liabilities 62,693 55,988
Income taxes payable 8,076 20,733
Current maturities of long-term debt   557     4,561  
Total current liabilities   256,923     282,643  
Long-term debt 102,363 6,942
Accrued pension liability 20,785 46,382
Deferred compensation 9,792 8,619
Income taxes payable 6,769 4,862
Other non-current liabilities 5,396 6,527
Commitments and contingencies
Shareholders' equity:
Preferred stock, no par value:
Authorized--5,000 shares
Issued and outstanding--none - -
Common stock, no par value:
Authorized--50,000 shares
2013 and 2012--Issued 35,682 shares, outstanding--26,736 shares 15,825 12,574
Retained earnings 728,424 715,043
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (3,378 ) (21,148 )
Treasury stock at cost - 8,945 shares   (36,078 )   (36,078 )
Shareholders' equity related to Cubic 704,793 670,391
Noncontrolling interest in variable interest entity   134     (49 )
Total shareholders' equity   704,927     670,342  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 1,106,955   $ 1,026,317  
(in thousands)
Years Ended September 30,
  2013     2012     2011  
Operating Activities:
Net income $ 19,981


$ 92,104


$ 83,904
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
provided by (used in) operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 25,359 22,857 22,341
Share-based compensation expense 3,251 - -

Inventory write-down

2,760 - -

Impairment of goodwill

50,865 - -
Deferred income taxes (7,508 ) (1,486 ) 2,512
Changes in operating assets and liabilities,
net of effects from acquisitions:
Accounts receivable (14,588 ) (118,164 ) 3,566
Inventories (4,219 ) (13,636 ) 2,442
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,485 7,574 5,122
Long-term capitalized contract costs (48,645 ) (26,875 ) -
Accounts payable and other current liabilities (27,587 ) 8,525 (1,547 )
Customer advances 3,006 (37,999 ) 37,143
Income taxes (19,027 ) 11,929 (23,713 )
Other items, net   (409 )   494     (2,676 )
NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES   (13,276 )   (54,677 )   129,094  
Investing Activities:
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired (63,691 ) - (126,825 )
Purchases of marketable securities (4,050 ) - -
Proceeds from sales or maturities of short-term investments - 25,829 58,252
Purchases of property, plant and equipment   (9,052 )   (14,226 )   (8,728 )
NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) INVESTING ACTIVITIES   (76,793 )   11,603     (77,301 )
Financing Activities:
Proceeds from short term borrowings 70,000 - -
Payments from short term borrowings (70,000 ) - -
Proceeds from long term borrowings 100,000 - -
Principal payments on long-term borrowings (8,543 ) (4,549 ) (4,555 )
Contingent consideration payments related to acquisition of businesses (7,842 ) - -
Net change in restricted cash (158 ) (68,584 ) -
Dividends paid to shareholders (6,417 ) (6,417 ) (7,486 )
Purchases of treasury stock   -     -     (4 )
NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) FINANCING ACTIVITIES   77,040     (79,550 )   (12,045 )
Effect of exchange rates on cash   4,654     5,743     (6,034 )
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year   212,267     329,148     295,434  


$ 203,892   $ 212,267   $ 329,148  
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities:
Liability incurred to acquire NEK, net $ 4,490 - -

Cubic Corporation
John D. Thomas, 858-505-2989
Diane Dyer, 858-505-2907

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