PALO ALTO, Calif. - December 10, 2015 - CPI International Holding Corp., the parent company of CPI International, Inc. (CPI), today announced financial results for its fiscal year ended October 2, 2015.
"Fiscal 2015 was a successful, business-as-usual year for CPI and we achieved respectable financial results. Demand for our products remained healthy, several of our long-term programs were very strong, particularly in defense and military communications, and we expanded our portfolio of radar and communications products with the acquisition of ASC Signal Corporation," said Joe Caldarelli, chief executive officer.
On September 17, 2015, CPI acquired ASC Signal Corporation, which designs and builds large-aperture antennas and controllers for satellite communications, radar and HF communications applications. CPI's financial results for fiscal 2015 include approximately two weeks of contributions from this business.
Orders and Sales
CPI booked orders totaling $437 million in fiscal 2015, a four percent increase from the $421 million booked in the previous year. Orders in the defense and communications markets increased, while orders in the medical market decreased slightly. CPI's fiscal 2015 orders included approximately $3 million of defense and communications bookings from the new ASC Signal Division.
Sales in fiscal 2015 totaled $448 million, a six percent decrease from the $475 million generated in the prior year. Sales were essentially unchanged in the defense market but decreased in the communications and medical markets. The new ASC Signal Division contributed approximately $3 million in defense and communications sales to fiscal 2015.
Net Income and Adjusted EBITDA
CPI recorded fiscal 2015 net income of $4.9 million, as compared to $9.1 million in the previous year. The decrease in net income was primarily due to lower sales and a less profitable mix of products sold in the most recent year, as well as a $4.3 million increase in interest expense, largely resulting from the debt restructuring transaction that was completed in April 2014. Partially offsetting these unfavorable items, CPI's fiscal 2015 did not include expenses related to debt restructuring, contrasting with the previous year, which had included $7.5 million in expenses related to the April 2014 debt restructuring.
CPI generated adjusted EBITDA of $79.1 million, or 17.7 percent of sales, in fiscal 2015. In comparison, adjusted EBITDA in fiscal 2014 equaled $89.8 million, or 18.9 percent of sales. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA was primarily the result of the lower sales volume and less profitable mix of products sold in the most recent year.
In fiscal 2015, orders in CPI's defense market increased six percent to $176 million. This increase was primarily due to higher orders for certain naval radar programs, certain foreign radar programs and an airborne electronic warfare program for which CPI provides radomes. Partially offsetting these increases, orders to support the Aegis radar system decreased; despite this decrease, current demand for products to support the Aegis radar systems remains significantly stronger than long-term historical averages.
CPI's defense market sales were essentially unchanged at $181 million. Sales increased for certain naval radar programs, including the Aegis radar systems. Sales decreased for a radar program with fluctuating annual demand levels and for an airborne electronic warfare program that has been completed.
Orders in the communications market increased 15 percent to $161 million in fiscal 2015. This increase was primarily the result of higher orders for military communications applications, including long-running programs for which CPI provides satellite communications (satcom) amplifiers and advanced tactical common data link (TCDL) antenna products. Radome orders for naval communications applications and satcom amplifier orders for certain commercial communications applications decreased due to the timing of large programs for those applications.
Communications sales decreased eight percent to $166 million. Commercial communications sales were lower primarily because of the timing of large programs for which orders were received, and shipments were made, in fiscal 2014 but not in the most recent year. Military communications sales were lower primarily due to an expected decrease in sales of advanced TCDL antenna products for a specific program at CPI Malibu Division as a result of the completion of the large initial order for this program.
CPI's orders in the medical market decreased three percent to $69.0 million in fiscal 2015 due to lower orders for x-ray imaging products. An increase in orders to support MRI applications partially offset this decrease.
Medical sales decreased seven percent to $68.1 million in fiscal 2015. This decrease was primarily due to lower sales of x-ray imaging products. An increase in sales to support MRI applications partially offset this decrease.
ASC Acquisition Funding
In September 2015, CPI acquired ASC Signal Corporation for $50.4 million, excluding acquired cash and certain post-closing adjustments. The acquisition was funded using a combination of cash on hand and borrowings of $28.0 million under a new second-lien term loan facility.
As of October 2, 2015, CPI's cash and cash equivalents totaled $37.5 million, as compared to $50.6 million as of October 3, 2014. The acquisition of ASC Signal Corporation represented a significant use of CPI's cash balances in fiscal 2015.
For fiscal 2015, CPI's cash flow from operating activities totaled $20.6 million. Free cash flow for the period was $14.0 million. Adjusted free cash flow totaled $16.6 million.
Financial Community Conference Call
In conjunction with this announcement, CPI will hold a conference call on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. (EST) that will be broadcast simultaneously on the company's Web site. To participate in this conference call, please dial (800) 649-5127, or (253) 237-1144 for international callers, enter conference ID 86349119 and ask for the CPI International Fiscal 2015 Financial Results Conference Call. To access the Web cast, 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. Together, Communications & Power Industries LLC and Communications & Power Industries Canada Inc. develop, manufacture and globally distribute components and subsystems used in the generation, amplification, transmission and reception of microwave signals for a wide variety of systems including radar, electronic warfare and communications (satellite and point-to-point) systems for military and commercial applications, specialty products for medical diagnostic imaging and the treatment of cancer, as well as microwave and RF energy generating products for various industrial and scientific pursuits.
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,