CPI International Reports Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Results
PALO ALTO, Calif. - December 10, 2013 - CPI International Holding Corp., the parent company of CPI International, Inc. (CPI), today announced financial results for its fiscal year ended September 27, 2013. In comparison to the previous fiscal year, CPI notably increased its orders, sales, backlog, net income and adjusted EBITDA results in fiscal 2013.
"Despite challenging global economic conditions and the difficult budgetary environment, demand for CPI's products has remained robust, enabling CPI to achieve strong operational and financial results during fiscal 2013. In fact, our fiscal 2013 orders and sales were the strongest in our history, and our backlog continues to be very healthy," said Joe Caldarelli, chief executive officer of CPI.
"Additionally, our acquisition of the Codan Satcom business toward the end of fiscal 2012 and of the MCL business this summer have been well received by customers. The Codan Satcom and MCL businesses have been integrated smoothly into our existing communications business. Our more recent acquisition of Radant Technologies in early October is also progressing well and is expected to make a meaningful contribution to our fiscal 2014 financial results."
In fiscal 2013, CPI booked orders totaling $464 million, an increase of 21 percent from the $383 million booked in the previous year. Notably, orders for defense and communications products increased by double digits during fiscal 2013.
CPI's book-to-bill ratio for the year was 1.11. As of September 27, 2013, its order backlog equaled $293 million, representing the company's highest year-end backlog ever.
In comparison to fiscal 2012, CPI's fiscal 2013 orders in its three largest end markets were as follows:
- In the defense market, orders increased 20 percent to $179 million due to higher demand for products to support military radar systems globally and U.S. electronic warfare systems. Specifically, orders of radar products to support the Aegis radar system were very strong as a result of new ship builds and the replenishment of spare and repair stocking levels; shipments for some of these orders are expected to continue through fiscal 2015.
- In the communications market, orders increased 41 percent to $182 million, largely due to a sizeable multi-year order for advanced tactical common data link (TCDL) antenna products to support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) communications applications. Additionally, orders to support other military and commercial communications applications, including broadband data communications programs, increased. CPI's communications orders in fiscal 2013 also benefited from the inclusion of orders from the Codan Satcom business, which was acquired in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, and the MCL business, which was acquired in the third quarter of fiscal 2013.
- In the medical market, orders decreased four percent to $69.7 million due to the timing of orders for x-ray imaging products.
CPI generated total sales of $419 million in fiscal 2013, an increase of seven percent from the $391 million generated in the prior year. In comparison to fiscal 2012, CPI's fiscal 2013 sales in its three largest end markets were as follows:
- In the defense market, sales increased seven percent to $157 million due to increased sales of products to support radar systems, including the Aegis radar system, and certain airborne and shipboard electronic countermeasure systems.
- In the communications market, sales increased 15 percent to $150 million due largely to the inclusion of sales of products from the Codan Satcom and MCL businesses. Sales of products to support commercial communications applications, including broadband data communications programs, and military communications applications also increased.
- In the medical market, sales decreased one percent to $75.3 million due to lower sales of products to support x-ray imaging applications.
Net Income and Adjusted EBITDA
In fiscal 2013, CPI's net income totaled $10.9 million, an increase from the $3.7 million recorded in the previous fiscal year. This increase in net income was primarily the result of higher total sales and sales of products with higher margins in fiscal 2013. CPI's net income also benefited from a decrease in intangible asset amortization related to the acquisition of CPI by The Veritas Capital Fund IV, L.P. in February 2011.
Adjusted EBITDA for fiscal 2013 was $72.8 million, or 17.4 percent of sales, an increase from the $64.4 million, or 16.5 percent of sales, generated in the previous year. This increase in adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to higher total sales and sales of products with higher margins in fiscal 2013.
As of September 27, 2013, CPI had cash and cash equivalents totaling $67.1 million. For fiscal 2013, CPI's cash flow from operating activities was $38.2 million, its free cash flow was $33.2 million and its adjusted free cash flow was $35.1 million.
Fiscal 2014 Outlook
"We expect no significant changes to market conditions in fiscal 2014. We will continue to be mindful of fluctuations and unpredictability in government funding, and will react accordingly, but we do not expect these fluctuations to have a meaningful impact on our results in the coming year. Typically, more than half of our defense sales are for spare and repair products for numerous already fielded programs, protecting our defense business from large cuts to new programs," said Caldarelli. "Our fiscal 2014 results will benefit, of course, from the inclusion of the Radant business for the entire fiscal year."
For fiscal 2014, CPI expects:
- Total sales of between $475 million and $500 million;
- Adjusted EBITDA of between $80 million and $85 million; and
- Adjusted free cash flow of more than $21 million.
The effective tax rate for fiscal 2013 is expected to be approximately 38 percent, excluding discrete tax adjustments.
Financial Community Conference Call
In conjunction with this announcement, CPI will hold a conference call on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. (EST) that simultaneously will be broadcast live over the Internet on the company's Web site. To participate in the conference call, please dial (800) 649-5127, or (253) 237-1144 for international callers, enter conference ID 11351999 and ask for the CPI International Fiscal 2013 Financial Results Conference Call. To access the call via the Internet, please visit http://investor.cpii.com and click "Events."
About CPI International Holding Corp.
CPI International Holding Corp., headquartered in Palo Alto, California, is the parent company of CPI International, Inc., which is the parent company of Communications & Power Industries LLC and Communications & Power Industries Canada Inc., which together are a leading provider of microwave, radio frequency, power and control solutions for critical defense, communications, medical, scientific and other applications. Communications & Power Industries LLC and Communications & Power Industries Canada Inc. develop, manufacture and distribute products used to generate, amplify, transmit and receive high-power/high-frequency microwave and radio frequency signals and/or provide power and control for various applications. End-use applications of these systems include the transmission of radar signals for navigation and location; transmission of deception signals for electronic countermeasures; transmission and amplification of voice, data and video signals for broadcasting, Internet and other types of commercial and military communications; providing power and control for medical diagnostic imaging; and generating microwave energy for radiation therapy in the treatment of cancer and for various industrial and scientific applications.
Non-GAAP Supplemental Information
EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, EBITDA margin, adjusted EBITDA margin, free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow presented here are non-generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) financial measures. EBITDA represents earnings before net interest expense, provision for income taxes and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA further adjusted to exclude certain non-recurring, non-cash, unusual or other items. EBITDA margin represents EBITDA divided by sales. Adjusted EBITDA margin represents adjusted EBITDA divided by sales. Free cash flow represents net cash provided by operating activities minus capital expenditures and patent application fees. Adjusted free cash flow represents free cash flow further adjusted to exclude certain non-recurring, unusual or other items.
CPI believes that GAAP-based financial information for leveraged businesses, such as the company's business, should be supplemented by EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, EBITDA margin, adjusted EBITDA margin, free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow so that investors better understand the company's operating performance in connection with their analysis of the company's business. In addition, CPI's management team uses EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA to evaluate the company's operating performance, to monitor compliance with its senior credit facility, to make day-to-day operating decisions and as a component in the calculation of management bonuses. Other companies may define EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, EBITDA margin, adjusted EBITDA margin, free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow differently and, as a result, the company's measures may not be directly comparable to EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, EBITDA margin, adjusted EBITDA margin, free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow of other companies. Because EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, EBITDA margin, adjusted EBITDA margin, free cash flow and adjusted free cash flow do not include certain material costs, such as interest and taxes in the case of EBITDA-based measures, necessary to operate the company's business, when analyzing the company's business, these non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, net income (loss), net cash provided by (used in) operating activities, net income margin or other statements of income or statements of cash flows data prepared in accordance with GAAP.
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Amanda Mogin, Communications & Power Industries, investor relations, 650.846.3998, email@example.com