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CPI International Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

PALO ALTO, Calif. - February 10, 2015 - CPI International Holding Corp., the parent company of CPI International, Inc. (CPI), today announced financial results for its fiscal year 2015 first quarter ended January 2, 2015.

"CPI's first quarter financial results met our projections and further strengthen our expectation that fiscal 2015 will be a good year for our business," said Joe Caldarelli, chief executive officer. "We continue to enjoy reasonably stable market conditions and solid customer demand for our defense and commercial products, despite the fluctuating timing of certain programs that has resulted in some unfavorable year-over-year comparisons."

In the first quarter of fiscal 2015, CPI recorded sales and backlog results that, in comparison to the same quarter of prior years, were higher than every year other than fiscal 2014. CPI's financial results in fiscal 2014 were extraordinarily strong, in large part due to the timing of several significant defense and communications programs.

Sales and Orders
In the first quarter of fiscal 2015, CPI generated sales totaling $111 million, an 11 percent decrease from the $124 million in sales generated in the previous year's quarter. CPI's first quarter defense and communications sales were higher than those of the first quarter of every prior year with the exception of fiscal 2014. The first quarter of fiscal 2015 was one week shorter than the same quarter of fiscal 2014.

CPI booked orders totaling $102 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, a 16 percent decrease from the $121 million booked in the first quarter of the prior year.

Net Income and Adjusted EBITDA
CPI's net income totaled $3.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, as compared to $3.1 million in the same quarter of fiscal 2014. This decrease was primarily due to lower total sales in the most recent quarter and higher interest expenses resulting from the debt refinancing transaction that CPI completed in April 2014. The decrease was partially offset by lower income tax expense.

Adjusted EBITDA totaled $21.3 million, or 19.2 percent of sales, in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, as compared to $23.1 million, or 18.7 percent of sales, in the first quarter of the prior year. The decrease in adjusted EBITDA was primarily due to lower sales.

Defense Market
In the defense market, CPI's sales decreased six percent to $42.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, due to lower sales for a radar program for which annual demand levels fluctuate and an airborne electronic warfare program for which sales have been completed.

Orders in the defense market decreased 26 percent to $40.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2015. This decrease was primarily due to the periodic timing of defense programs, which resulted in lower orders for certain radar and electronic warfare programs, including Aegis radar systems.

Communications Market
Sales in the communications market decreased 20 percent to $40.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2015. This decrease was due to lower sales for military and commercial communications applications, including fixed satellite services applications, and was partially offset by higher sales of radomes.

Orders in this market decreased two percent to $38.6 million due to lower orders for commercial communications applications, particularly direct-to-home broadcast programs. Orders for certain radome programs were also lower. These decreases were partially offset by higher orders for advanced tactical common data link (TCDL) antennas and other products to support military communications applications.

Medical Market
In the medical market, sales decreased six percent to $18.9 million due to lower sales for radiation therapy applications.

Medical orders were essentially unchanged at $16.7 million.

Cash Flow
As of January 2, 2015, CPI's cash and cash equivalents totaled $58.1 million. For the 12-month period ending on that date, CPI's cash flow from operating activities equaled $49.0 million. For that same period, the company's free cash flow totaled $41.3 million and adjusted free cash flow totaled $45.0 million.

Fiscal 2015 Outlook
"The first quarter has provided a solid start to the year, and we continue to expect fiscal 2015 to be a successful year for CPI. Our sales and adjusted EBITDA results are projected to be markedly higher than the results achieved in all previous years with the exception of the remarkable results we enjoyed in fiscal 2014," said Caldarelli.

Financial Community Conference Call
In conjunction with this announcement, CPI will hold a conference call on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. (EST) that will be Web cast 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 75238888 and ask for the CPI International First Quarter 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.

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; our significant amount of debt; changes or reductions in the U.S. defense budget; currency fluctuations; goodwill impairment considerations; customer cancellations of sales contracts; U.S. Government contracts; export restrictions and other laws and regulations; international laws; changes in technology; the impact of unexpected costs; the impact of a general slowdown in the global economy; the impact of environmental or zoning laws and regulations; 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

Contact:
Amanda Mogin, Communications & Power Industries, investor relations, 650.846.3998,
amanda.mogin@cpii.com





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