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Michael D. Porcelain, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP. ANNOUNCES
RESULTS FOR FISCAL 2018 FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR AND
PROVIDES FISCAL 2019 GUIDANCE
Melville, New York – September 26, 2018 – Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL) today reported its operating results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended July 31, 2018. The Company also announced financial targets for its 2019 fiscal year.
2018 Fourth Quarter Highlights
Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 were $167.4 million as compared to the $147.8 million achieved during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.
Bookings during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 were $214.4 million, with a company-wide book-to-bill ratio (a measure defined as bookings divided by net sales) of 1.28.
Comtech received a number of strategic contracts and orders, including: (i) $44.8 million of orders to supply the U.S. Army with advanced VSAT equipment; (ii) a $31.0 million order to supply its Modular Transportable Transmission System troposcatter terminals to a foreign subsidiary of a U.S. based top-tier prime contractor; (iii) an award of over $20.0 million from a systems integrator for its new high-frequency amplifier products to support high-speed satellite networks; (iv) $16.6 million of orders to provide ongoing sustainment services for the U.S. Army's "SNAP" mobile satellite communications program; and (v) multi-year contract renewals worth $14.2 million for various SMS text messaging solutions.
GAAP operating income was $16.0 million and GAAP net income was $7.5 million, or $0.31 per diluted share. GAAP net income was negatively impacted by a net discrete tax expense of $2.3 million, or $0.09 per diluted share ("Tax Expense"), primarily due to updated estimates of the impact of H.R.1, also known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ("Tax Reform"). Excluding the $2.3 million of Tax Expense, GAAP net income would have been $9.7 million, or $0.40 per diluted share.
Adjusted EBITDA was $30.7 million. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure which is reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure and is more fully defined in the below table.
During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company generated cash flows from operating activities of $19.7 million and reduced the level of its total indebtedness by $15.0 million. Total indebtedness as of July 31, 2018 was $171.3 million (excluding deferred financing fees) and its current cash borrowing rate is approximately 4.5%.
As of July 31, 2018, the Company had $43.5 million of cash and cash equivalents.
2018 Fiscal Year Highlights
Fiscal 2018 was the third consecutive year of revenue growth. Net sales for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2018 were $570.6 million as compared to the $550.4 million achieved during fiscal 2017.
Backlog as of July 31, 2018 reflects a record high of $630.7 million. Backlog does not include the portions of multi-year contracts that have not been funded. As such, the total value of multi-year contracts that Comtech has received is substantially higher. Bookings during fiscal 2018 were $755.1 million, with a company-wide book-to-bill ratio of 1.32.
The following information was filed by Comtech Telecommunications Corp (CMTL) on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.