MELBOURNE, Florida, July 27, 2005 – Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced significant increases in revenue and income for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2005 that ended July 1. Revenue in the fourth quarter increased 14 percent to $822 million, and net income increased 60 percent to $61.2 million. Earnings were $.44 per diluted share, compared to $.28 per diluted share in the prior-year quarter. Cash flow from operations during the fourth quarter was $150 million, versus $83 million during the prior-year quarter.
The company also increased its earnings-per-share guidance for fiscal year 2006 from previous guidance of $1.73 to $1.78 per diluted share to a range from $1.80 to $1.90 per diluted share, excluding the expected impact of charges related to cost-reduction actions (see notes to Tables 5 and 6 attached).
Total revenue for fiscal year 2005 increased by 19 percent to $3.0 billion, net income climbed 52 percent to $202.2 million, and earnings per diluted share increased to $1.46, compared to $.97 per diluted share in the prior year. Cash flow from operations for fiscal year 2005 was $301 million, compared to $270 million in the prior year.
"Harris fiscal year 2005 closed with a very strong quarter," said Howard L. Lance, chairman, president, and chief executive officer. "The year produced improved performance in each of our businesses and record financial results. Our Government Communications segment achieved key wins on a number of important new programs, and we increased global market penetration in our tactical radio segment. Improving markets and persistent attention to lowering costs, combined with the introduction of new products, helped our commercial segments to deliver improved performance in 2005. We also completed two very successful acquisitions during the year, and both are making solid contributions."
Government Communications Systems
Revenue in the Government Communications Systems segment was $461.7 million in the fourth quarter, a 6 percent increase compared to the year-ago quarter. Operating income increased 25 percent to $52.9 million, driven by excellent program execution.
Contributors to year-over-year revenue growth in the quarter included the $1 billion 10-year Patriot technical services program for the National Reconnaissance Office, the $2.2 billion 15-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Telecommunications Infrastructure program, the $275 million FAA Mission Support Services contract, a $75 million three-year development contract for communications equipment for the U.S. Army Aerial Common Sensor program, a three-year potential $77 million program with the National Security Agency (NSA) to develop new systems for NSA analysts, and several classified programs. The segment also benefited from the July 2004 acquisition of the Orkand Corporation, which has been fully integrated into Harris Technical Services. During the fourth quarter, Harris successfully completed the Iraqi Media Network contract, as well as several classified programs.
New programs won during the fourth quarter included a 54-month $57 million follow-on contract with the FAA for its Weather and Advanced Radar Processing System, a $35 million contract with the FAA for communications systems upgrades, an $18 million contract to provide avionics for U.S. Navy F-18 aircraft, a potential $350 million program to provide tactical common data links for the U.S. Navy LAMPS helicopters, an $11 million contract to continue development of the radar payload for the Innovative Space Based Radar Antenna Technology (ISAT) program, and a major classified program.
Revenue in the RF Communications segment was $163.8 million, a 37 percent increase compared to the year-ago quarter. Revenue growth was strong with both U.S. and international customers. Orders were significantly greater than revenue in the quarter and totaled $642 million for the full fiscal year, a 54 percent increase over the prior year. Operating income in the quarter was $53.0 million, a 69 percent increase compared to the prior-year quarter. Improved margins resulted from operating leverage on higher sales.
Tactical radio demand from U.S. Department of Defense customers continues to be strong. Force modernization efforts have gained increasing momentum and funding. This initiative delivers enhanced command, control, and communications to more and smaller operating units.
Demand in international markets also remained strong. International revenue was driven by initial deliveries of Falcon® II radios to Pakistan, part of the $68 million contract awarded in the third quarter of fiscal 2005, and continuing shipments under the Bowman Tactical Radio Programme for the UK Ministry of Defence.
New domestic orders during the quarter included $50 million for high-frequency (HF) radios and $22 million for multiband radios to support the U.S. Army Modularity initiative, Army Reserve, and National Guard. Orders also included $19 million from the U.S. Marine Corps. New international orders included $16 million from Algeria, $7 million from Ethiopia, $4 million from the Republic of Georgia, $3 million from The Netherlands, and $3 million from Sweden.
Revenue in the Microwave Communications segment was $91.0 million, compared to $96.9 million in the prior-year quarter. The prior-year results benefited from the build-out of a large mobile telecom network for MTN Nigeria. Sequential revenue increased 22 percent compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2005. Orders in the fourth quarter were strong, totaling $106 million and exceeding sales in both North American and international markets. Operating income was $3.1 million, compared to a loss of $5.8 million in the year-ago quarter. The prior-year quarter included a charge of $7.3 million associated with cost-reduction actions. Gross margin improved in the quarter as a result of increased shipments of TRuepoint, a new family of lower-cost microwave radios, and from higher sales in North America.
TRuepoint orders and shipments continued to accelerate during the quarter. Orders were $39 million, significantly greater than sales of $22 million. TRuepoint sales for fiscal year 2005 totaled $45 million.
Orders in North America in the quarter included large, ongoing network projects for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a large defense contractor in support of an international communications project. Other customers placing significant orders in the quarter included the West Virginia Emergency Medical Services, the City of Seattle, and various mobile telecom service providers.
International market activity reflected an expanding customer base in the Middle East and Africa, higher sales in Europe, and continued strength in Latin America. Orders from several new channel partners, including IRTE in Italy, served to expand international presence even further. The largest-to-date order for TRuepoint 4000 and 5000 microwave radios was received in the quarter from Radiomovil, a new telecom service provider in Portugal. Other major orders included TRuepoint radios for Vee Networks, a growing Nigerian telecom operator, Loteny Telecom in the Ivory Coast, Onatel in Burkino Faso, Nextel in Mexico, and ZTE in the People's Republic of China.
Revenue in the Broadcast Communications segment was $114.6 million, compared to $89.1 million in the prior-year quarter. Operating income for the segment was $7.9 million for the quarter, compared to $3.9 million in the year-ago quarter. Fourth quarter 2005 results included Encoda Systems, which was acquired November 2004. Encoda has been integrated into the Software Systems business unit and is performing in line with management expectations.
Revenue drivers included increased sales in the U.S. of HD Radio transmission equipment. The rollout of HD Radio continues to gain momentum with 2,500 radio stations committed to begin their digital broadcasts during the next four years. U.S. digital television (HDTV) transmission equipment sales increased in the quarter as broadcasters moved to meet FCC deadlines for full-power transmission of digital signals. Revenue growth was partially offset by continuing international market softness for both analog and European-standard digital broadcast equipment and from declining sales of legacy automation systems as Harris transitions customers to its next-generation H-Class enterprise software platform.
Orders for the quarter included digital TV transmitters for Entravision Communications, two stations with the Quincy Newspapers Network, and for Gray Communications. Numerous HD Radio transmission orders were booked for National Public Radio (NPR) stations, Cox Communications, and Clear Channel Communications, among others. In addition, an HD transmitter agreement was signed for nine stations that are part of Entercom Communications, the nation's fourth largest radio broadcaster. In the company's Software Systems business, major orders were booked with Turner Broadcasting and Sony Corporation.
In the new Mobile Television market Beijing Radio selected Harris DAB transmitters to support its Digital Mobile Broadcasting (DMB) application.
To address ongoing international market weakness, and to further improve profitability, the company is planning to implement a series of cost-reduction actions in the first quarter of fiscal year 2006. European-standard transmitter production will be moved from the Huntingdon, UK facility to the company's Quincy, Illinois, facility, creating a single global transmitter manufacturing operation for both U.S. and European-standard products. Radio console assembly and related products will be moved from the Mason, Ohio, facility to an outside supplier. New synergies from the Encoda Systems acquisition have also been identified, allowing for the elimination of additional staffing duplications. In total, these actions could result in the elimination of 150-200 positions within the Broadcast division. Facility closure and relocation expenses, severance costs, and other charges associated with these actions could total approximately $27 million. Savings associated with these actions are expected to yield a two-year payback.
The company increased earnings guidance for fiscal year 2006 from the previous range of $1.73 to $1.78 per diluted share, provided on June 9, 2005, to a range of $1.80 to $1.90 per diluted share. Revenue growth in fiscal year 2006 is expected to exceed 10 percent. "Our optimism for fiscal year 2006 reflects strong performance in the fourth quarter and increased expectations for revenue growth in each segment of the company," Lance said. "Order rates and our opportunity pipeline remain very strong for Harris tactical radios, and we anticipate decisions on large contract opportunities at our Government Communications Systems business over the next several quarters. The Microwave division finished fiscal year 2005 with increased momentum, and initial success of the new TRuepoint radio will expand opportunities in both international and U.S. markets. In addition, cost reduction actions we are taking in our Broadcast division, combined with market synergies from Encoda Systems, new product introductions, and the continuing transition to digital transmission technology, give us optimism for increased contributions from this very exciting growth segment."
Harris will host a conference call today at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, to discuss the above items. Interested individuals are invited to listen to the call by using a dial-in number: (719) 457-2617, access code: 5462377. The conference call also will be broadcast live via the Internet at http://www.harris.com. A replay of the teleconference will be available beginning at 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, and will run until midnight, Eastern Time, on Wednesday, August 3. To access the replay, please call (719) 457-0820, access code: 5462377. A recording of the call will also be available on Harris' website beginning at 7:00 p.m., Eastern Time on July 27.
Harris Corporation is an international communications technology company focused on providing assured communications products, systems and services for government and commercial customers. The company's operating divisions serve markets for government communications, tactical radio, broadcast, and microwave systems. Harris provides systems and service to customers in more than 150 countries. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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HD Radio is a trademark of iBiquity Digital Corporation.
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This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G promulgated by the SEC, including fiscal 2006 earnings-per-share guidance excluding the impact of any facility shutdown, relocation expenses, severance costs, and other charges associated with the cost-reduction items planned to take in our Broadcast Communications segment. Management of Harris believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when considered together with the GAAP financial measures, provide information that is useful to investors in understanding period-over-period operating results separate and apart from items that may, or could, have a disproportionately positive or negative impact on results in any particular period. Management also believes that these non-GAAP financial measures enhance the ability of investors to analyze Harris business trends and to better understand the company's performance. In addition, the company may utilize non-GAAP financial measures as a guide in its forecasting, budgeting, and long-term planning process and to measure operating performance for some management compensation purposes. Any analysis of non-GAAP financial measures should be used only in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP.
Attachments: Financial Statements (six tables).
HD Radio is a trademark of iBiquity Digital Corporation.
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For additional information, contact Harris Corporation at email@example.com.