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CPI International Announces First Quarter 2009 Financial Results

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb 11, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- CPI International, Inc. (Nasdaq: CPII), the parent company of Communications & Power Industries, Inc., a leading provider of microwave, radio frequency, power and control solutions for critical defense, communications, medical, scientific and other applications, today announced financial results for its first quarter of fiscal 2009 ended January 2, 2009.

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In the first quarter of fiscal 2009, CPI International (CPI) generated total sales of $77.1 million, a decrease from the $85.9 million generated in the same quarter of fiscal 2008. Sales were essentially unchanged in the company's medical and industrial end markets, and decreased in the defense (radar and electronic warfare), communications and scientific markets. CPI booked orders totaling $67.0 million in the first quarter, a decrease from the $89.9 million booked in the same quarter of the previous fiscal year. Orders decreased in all of the company's markets.

"Although lower than a year ago, CPI's first quarter sales were in line with our expectations," said Joe Caldarelli, chief executive officer of CPI. "Our fiscal 2009 orders got off to a slow start, as several of the orders that we had hoped to book in the first quarter were delayed out of the quarter due to economic or timing factors. In the first few weeks of the second quarter, however, we have received several large orders, including an approximately $13 million follow-on order for the U.S. Army's Warfighter Information Network Tactical (WIN-T) program and an approximately $4 million order for a foreign customer to support a radar system. In addition, CPI Malibu Division is finalizing contract details on several large orders which are expected to be booked in the second quarter, including an approximately $2 million order for a tactical common data link (TCDL) program and an approximately $2.6 million order for a foreign telemetry program. With these and other expected orders, we believe our second quarter orders will be stronger than usual at more than $100 million, offsetting the weakness in our first quarter orders, and that the higher order levels - and subsequent higher sales volume - will result in improved financial results in the second half of the fiscal year."

CPI generated cash flows from operating activities totaling $4.6 million, or $0.26 per share on a diluted basis, and free cash flow totaling $3.7 million, or $0.21 per share on a diluted basis. During the first quarter, the company made debt repayments of $4.75 million on its senior term loan. In January, after the quarter ended, Communications & Power Industries also repurchased $3.0 million of its 8% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2012 at an 8.5 percent discount to par value.

CPI's net income in the first quarter of fiscal 2009 totaled $7.7 million, or $0.44 per share on a diluted basis, an increase from the $2.5 million, or $0.14 per share on a diluted basis, generated in the same quarter of fiscal 2008. This increase is due to the recognition of $5.7 million, or $0.33 per share on a diluted basis, of non-recurring income tax benefits in the first quarter of fiscal 2009. These benefits included a $5.1 million adjustment related to an outstanding audit by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that, as a result of the approval of a new U.S.-Canadian tax treaty in December 2008, CPI believes will have a more favorable settlement than had previously been expected. The benefits also included a $0.6 million adjustment to Canadian deferred tax accounts as a result of a reduction in future Canadian corporate income tax rates that were effective in the first quarter of fiscal 2008 but were recorded by the company in the first quarter of fiscal 2009. Excluding these two non-recurring tax benefits, net income was $2.0 million, or $0.11 per share on a diluted basis, in the first quarter of fiscal 2009, a decrease from $2.5 million, or $0.14 per share on a diluted basis, generated in the same quarter of fiscal 2008; this decrease was primarily due to the impact of lower sales volume on gross profit in the first quarter of fiscal 2009.

EBITDA equaled $9.5 million, or 12 percent of sales, in the first quarter of fiscal 2009, compared to $11.9 million, or 14 percent of sales, in the same quarter of the prior fiscal year. The decrease in EBITDA was primarily due to the negative impact of lower sales volume on gross profit in the most recent quarter and was partially offset by reduced spending for administrative and research and development expenses.

As of January 2, 2009, CPI's cash and cash equivalents totaled $28.0 million, as compared to $28.7 million as of October 3, 2008. The company remains committed to using its positive cash flow to retire debt, and has retired $7.75 million principal amount of debt in fiscal 2009 to date.

First Quarter Fiscal 2009 Sales and Orders Highlights

In the first quarter of fiscal 2009, in the defense markets, which consist of CPI's radar and electronic warfare markets on a combined basis, orders and sales were negatively impacted by ongoing delays in the receipt of orders. The company expects delays to continue for the foreseeable future.

In the commercial markets, which consist of CPI's medical, commercial communications, industrial and scientific markets, orders and sales were negatively impacted by the weakening of the U.S. and foreign economies. Customers have delayed, reduced or cancelled their equipment upgrade or infrastructure expansion programs due to the challenging economy.

In the first quarter of fiscal 2009, key sales and orders highlights included:

     --   For orders in the defense markets, CPI saw no long-term or
          significant changes to any core programs in the first quarter of
          fiscal year 2009.  Sales in the defense markets decreased from $33.9
          million in the first quarter of fiscal 2008 to $28.0 million in the
          first quarter of fiscal 2009.  This decrease was primarily due to an
          expected $2.1 million decrease in sales of CPI products to support
          the Aegis weapons system, as well as decreases in sales to support
          several other radar and electronic warfare programs due to delays in
          the placement of orders for those programs.  As CPI has previously
          announced, the company expects its sales of products to support the
          Aegis weapons system in fiscal 2009 to total approximately $10
          million, or approximately half of its fiscal 2008 sales, because it
          has completed supplying products for funded new ship builds for the
          Aegis weapons system.
     --   Medical sales were essentially unchanged at $15.6 million in the
          first quarter of fiscal 2008 as compared to $15.8 million in the
          same quarter of fiscal 2009.  During the recent quarter, the
          weakening of global economies resulted in decreased sales of x-ray
          generators and products to support magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
          applications.  These decreases were offset by increased sales of
          products to support radiation therapy applications.
     --   In the communications market, orders decreased from $30.0 million in
          the first quarter of fiscal 2008 to $17.4 million in the first
          quarter of fiscal 2009, primarily as a result of delays in certain
          key programs, as well as decreases in orders to support commercial
          communications applications, such as international satellite news
          gathering and direct-to-home broadcast applications.  CPI believes
          that these delays and decreases are related to the weakening of
          global economies.  Delays in the placement of orders for telemetry
          programs also contributed to the decrease in communications orders.
          CPI expects to receive a number of the delayed communications orders
          later in fiscal 2009, and believes that the performance of its
          communications business for the fiscal year will be comparable to
          fiscal 2008.  In the first quarter of fiscal 2009, increases in
          orders for military communications programs partially offset the
          decreases in commercial communications and telemetry orders.
     --   Communications sales decreased from $28.3 million in the first
          quarter of fiscal 2008 to $26.2 million in the first quarter of
          fiscal 2009.  This decrease was due primarily to lower sales to
          support certain commercial communications applications, including
          domestic and international direct-to-home applications.  Offsetting
          these decreases, sales of products for military communications
          programs continued to increase in the most recent quarter.


Fiscal 2009 Outlook

"We will continue to manage our business in a conservative and prudent manner, and we are actively managing our expenses in light of the current challenging economic conditions," said Caldarelli. "We have undertaken a number of cost-cutting initiatives in the past few months, including reducing our headcount by approximately 70 people, implementing additional temporary shutdowns and requiring employees to take additional mandatory time off during the next few months. We believe these and other cost-cutting actions we are taking will keep CPI well-positioned to successfully weather the current economic storm while continuing to provide the flexibility necessary to meet our customers' needs."

"In the first quarter, we experienced delays in certain programs that pushed the placement of orders for those programs out beyond the quarter. We expect a number of those delayed orders to be placed in the second quarter and, as a result, we expect that CPI's order levels will increase significantly in the second quarter. We anticipate booking orders of more than $100 million in the second quarter, which is unusually high for CPI and would offset the orders weakness in our first quarter," continued Caldarelli. "Despite this high second quarter orders level, based on the detailed forecast information we have collected from our customers, we expect that our financial performance in the first half of the fiscal year will be weaker than it was in the same period last year, and that our financial performance in the second half of this fiscal year will likely be stronger than our performance in the first half of this year. However, our expectations and forecasts are based on certain assumptions that both we and our customers are making about macroeconomic conditions, and our financial performance could be impacted in either direction should current macroeconomic conditions significantly change."

CPI expects to continue to generate free cash flow in excess of $20 million in fiscal 2009, consistent with the company's long-term guidance.

Financial Community Conference Call

In conjunction with this announcement, CPI will hold a conference call on Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. (EST) that will be simultaneously broadcast live over the Internet on the company's Web site. To participate in the conference call, please dial (877) 874-1569, or (719) 325-4814 for international callers, enter participant code 6691410 and ask for the CPI International First Quarter 2009 Financial Results Conference Call. To access the call via the Internet, please visit http://investor.cpii.com.

About CPI International, Inc.

CPI International, Inc., headquartered in Palo Alto, California, is the parent company of Communications & Power Industries, Inc., a leading provider of microwave, radio frequency, power and control solutions for critical defense, communications, medical, scientific and other applications. Communications & Power Industries, Inc. develops, manufactures and distributes 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, adjusted EBITDA margin, free cash flow, free cash flow per share, free cash flow conversion and adjusted free cash flow presented above and in the financial information attached hereto are non- generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) financial measures. EBITDA represents earnings before net interest expense, provisions for income taxes and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA further adjusted to exclude certain non-recurring or non-cash items. 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. Free cash flow per share represents free cash flow divided by average shares outstanding on a fully diluted basis. Free cash flow conversion represents free cash flow divided by net income, expressed as a percentage. Adjusted free cash flow represents free cash flow further adjusted to exclude certain non-recurring items. For more information regarding these non-GAAP financial measures for the periods presented and a reconciliation of these measures to GAAP financial information, please see the attached financial information. In addition, this press release and the attached financial information are available in the investor relations section of the company's Web site at http://investor.cpii.com.

CPI believes that GAAP-based financial information for leveraged businesses, such as the company's business, should be supplemented by EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, free cash flow, free cash flow per share, free cash flow conversion 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, adjusted EBITDA margin, free cash flow, free cash flow per share, free cash flow conversion and adjusted free cash flow differently and, as a result, the company's measures may not be directly comparable to EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, free cash flow, free cash flow per share, free cash flow conversion and adjusted free cash flow of other companies. Because EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, free cash flow, free cash flow per share, free cash flow conversion and adjusted free cash flow do not include certain material costs, such as interest and taxes, 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 operations or statements of cash flows data prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Certain statements included above constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward- looking statements provide our current expectations, beliefs or forecasts of future events. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the results projected, expected or implied by these forward looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, competition in our end markets; the impact of a general slowdown in the global economy; our significant amount of debt; changes or reductions in the U.S. defense budget; currency fluctuations; U.S. government contracts laws and regulations; changes in technology; the impact of unexpected costs; and inability to obtain raw materials and components. These and other risks are described in more detail in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result of these uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. All future written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or any person acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to in this section. New risks and uncertainties arise from time to time, and it is impossible for us to predict these events or how they may affect us. We undertake no duty or obligation to publicly revise any forward-looking statement to reflect circumstances or events occurring after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes in our expectations.



                             CPI INTERNATIONAL, INC.
                                and Subsidiaries

                             CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED
                STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
                (in thousands, except per share data - unaudited)

                                                        Quarter Ended
                                                  January 2,      December 28,
                                                     2009              2007
     Sales                                         $77,146           $85,910
     Cost of sales                                  57,230            61,774
     Gross profit                                   19,916            24,136
     Operating costs and expenses:
        Research and development                     2,183             2,724
        Selling and marketing                        4,989             5,172
        General and administrative                   5,204             6,153
        Amortization of acquisition-
         related intangible assets                     694               781
        Net loss on disposition of fixed
         assets                                         20                34
     Total operating costs and expenses             13,090            14,864
     Operating income                                6,826             9,272
     Interest expense, net                           4,455             4,812
     Income before income taxes                      2,371             4,460
     Income tax (benefit) expense                   (5,284)            1,950
     Net income                                     $7,655            $2,510

     Other comprehensive income, net of tax
       Net unrealized loss on cash flow hedges      (3,879)           (1,201)
    Comprehensive income                            $3,776            $1,309

     Earnings per share - Basic                      $0.47             $0.15
     Earnings per share - Diluted                    $0.44             $0.14

     Shares used to compute earnings per
      share - Basic                                 16,269            16,371
     Shares used to compute earnings per
      share - Diluted                               17,388            17,832



                             CPI International, Inc.
                                and Subsidiaries

                      CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                (in thousands, except per share data - unaudited)

                                                  January 2,        October 3,
                                                     2009              2008
    Assets
    Current Assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents                    $28,045           $28,670
      Restricted cash                                1,323               776
      Accounts receivable, net                      42,040            47,348
      Inventories                                   65,867            65,488
      Deferred tax assets                           13,556            11,411
      Prepaid and other current assets               4,171             3,823
        Total current assets                       155,002           157,516
    Property, plant, and equipment, net             61,411            62,487
    Deferred debt issue costs, net                   4,689             4,994
    Intangible assets, net                          77,779            78,534
    Goodwill                                       162,293           162,611
    Other long-term assets                           3,856               806
        Total assets                              $465,030          $466,948

    Liabilities and stockholders' equity
    Current Liabilities:
      Current portion of long-term debt             $3,000            $1,000
      Accounts payable                              18,033            21,109
      Accrued expenses                              28,786            23,044
      Product warranty                               3,990             4,159
      Income taxes payable                           1,794             7,766
      Advance payments from customers               11,208            12,335
        Total current liabilities                   66,811            69,413
    Deferred income taxes                           26,851            27,321
    Long-term debt, less current portion           217,913           224,660
    Other long-term liabilities                      4,714             1,689
        Total liabilities                          316,289           323,083
    Commitments and contingencies
    Stockholders' equity
      Common stock ($0.01 par value,
       90,000 shares authorized; 16,690
       and 16,538 shares issued;
       16,484 and 16,332 shares
       outstanding)                                    167               165
      Additional paid-in capital                    72,916            71,818
      Accumulated other comprehensive loss          (5,688)           (1,809)
      Retained earnings                             84,146            76,491
      Treasury stock, at cost (206 shares)          (2,800)           (2,800)
        Total stockholders' equity                 148,741           143,865
        Total liabilities and stockholders'
         equity                                   $465,030          $466,948



                             CPI International, Inc.
                                 and Subsidiaries

                 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                            (in thousands - unaudited)

                                                         Quarter Ended
                                                   January 2,     December 28,
                                                      2009              2007

    Cash flows from operating activities
        Net cash provided by operating
         activities                                  $4,599            $9,560

    Cash flows from investing activities
      Capital expenditures                             (904)           (1,687)
      Payment of patent application fees                -                (147)
        Net cash used in investing
         activities                                    (904)           (1,834)

    Cash flows from financing activities
      Repayments of debt                             (4,750)           (1,000)
      Proceeds from issuance of common
       stock to employees                               423               210
      Proceeds from exercise of stock
       options                                            7               -
        Net cash used in financing
         activities                                  (4,320)             (790)

    Net (decrease) increase in cash and
     cash equivalents                                  (625)            6,936
      Cash and cash equivalents at
       beginning of period                           28,670            20,474
      Cash and cash equivalents at end of
       period                                       $28,045           $27,410

    Supplemental cash flow disclosures
      Cash paid for interest                         $1,503              $155
      Cash paid for income taxes, net of
       refunds                                         $819            $2,533



                             CPI International, Inc.
                                and Subsidiaries

                        NON-GAAP SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
                           EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
                           (in thousands - unaudited)

                                                        Three Months Ended
                                                     January 2,   December 28,
                                                         2009          2007
    Net income                                          $7,655        $2,510
       Depreciation and amortization                     2,698         2,650
       Interest expense, net                             4,455         4,812
       Income tax (benefit) expense                     (5,284)        1,950
    EBITDA                                               9,524        11,922

    Adjustments to exclude certain non-
     recurring or non-cash items:
       Stock-based compensation expense       (1)          621           424
    Total adjustments                                      621           424
    Adjusted EBITDA                                    $10,145       $12,346

       EBITDA margin                          (2)         12.3%         13.9%
       Adjusted EBITDA margin                 (3)         13.2%         14.4%
       Net income margin                      (4)          9.9%          2.9%


    (1) Represents a non-cash charge for stock options, restricted stock
        awards, restricted stock unit awards and the employee discount related
        to CPI's Employee Stock Purchase Plan.
    (2) Represents EBITDA divided by sales.
    (3) Represents adjusted EBITDA divided by sales.
    (4) Represents net income divided by sales.



                             CPI International, Inc.
                                and Subsidiaries

                        NON-GAAP SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
       Free Cash Flow, Adjusted Free Cash Flow, Free Cash Flow Conversion
                          and Free Cash Flow per Share
          (in thousands, except per share and percent data - unaudited)

                                                          Twelve Months Ended
                                                              January 2,
                                                                 2009
    Net cash provided by operating
     activities                                                 $28,920
    Capital expenditures                                         (3,479)
    Free cash flow                                               25,441

    Adjustments to exclude certain non-
     recurring items:
      Cash paid for debt extinguishment
       costs, net of taxes                           (1)            132
    Total adjustments                                               132
    Adjusted free cash flow                                     $25,573

    Free cash flow                                              $25,441
    Net income                                                  $25,594
    Free cash flow conversion                        (2)             99%

    Free cash flow per share                         (3)          $1.45

    (1) Represents redemption premiums and other expenses associated with the
        repurchase and redemption of CPI's floating rate senior notes, net of
        taxes.
    (2) Represents free cash flow divided by net income, expressed as a
        percentage.
    (3) Represents free cash flow divided by the simple average of the last
        four fiscal quarters' "Shares used to compute earnings per share:
        Diluted." The simple average of the last four fiscal quarters'
        "Shares used to compute earnings per share: Diluted" is 17,588,000
        shares.

SOURCE CPI International, Inc.

http://www.cpii.com

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