Daktronics, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2014 Results

Brookings, S.D. – May 28, 2014 - Daktronics, Inc. (NASDAQ - DAKT) today reported
fiscal 2014 fourth quarter net sales of $136.2 million and net income of $1.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to net sales of $124.5 million and a net income of $1.8 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013.   Fiscal 2014 fourth quarter orders were $137.7 million compared to $113.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. Backlog at the end of the fiscal 2014 fourth quarter was $171.6 million compared to a backlog of $141.3 million a year earlier and $169.8 million at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2014.

Net sales, net income and earnings per diluted share for the fiscal year ended April 26, 2014 were $552.0 million, $22.2 million and $0.51 per diluted share, respectively. This compares to $518.3 million, $22.8 million and $0.53 per diluted share, respectively, for fiscal 2013. The 2014 fiscal fourth quarter and annual earnings per share was negatively impacted by $0.05 due to the recognition of a $2.3 million valuation allowance against our deferred tax asset for our equity in investments.

Free cash flow, defined as cash provided by operations less net purchases of property and equipment, was $22.9 million for fiscal 2014 compared to $41.3 million for fiscal 2013.  Cash and marketable securities at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 were $71.0 million, which compares to $64.7 million at the end of the fiscal 2013 fourth quarter.

“We are pleased with our 8.5 percent growth in orders for the year. We were able to secure a number of multi-million dollar orders in the Live Events business unit, including six of the seven NFL stadium bids. Our International unit increased orders primarily in the sports arena and on-premise advertising areas. Our reseller and national account areas grew for the year while spectacular and billboard orders remained relatively flat in our Commercial business unit. Schools and Theatres orders decreased for the year due to a decrease in demand and a decrease in the size of the products, which lowered the average dollar size of the orders. Transportation business unit orders decreased for the year due to a large non-repeating order in fiscal 2013. The overall increase in orders contributed to our sales growth of 6.5 percent. For the 2014 fiscal year, operating income increased by over 19 percent and operating income as a percent of sales rose to 6.6 percent as compared to 5.9 in the prior fiscal year.” said Reece Kurtenbach, president and chief executive officer.

Order volume for the 2014 fiscal fourth quarter was up 20.9% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 due to order increases in the Live Events business unit and International business unit which offset a decrease in the Commercial business unit for the period. Fourth quarter sales increased over fiscal 2013 fourth quarter sales due to the increase in orders and a larger beginning backlog at the beginning of the quarter. Operating income for the 2014 fourth quarter was 5.0 percent of sales as compared to 1.6 percent of sales in the same period last year. Operating income increased due to a decrease in warranty expense and an increase in sales volume. The effective tax rate prior to the tax valuation charge was 34.2%. We estimate our effective tax rate to be 35 to 36 percent for fiscal 2015.

Kurtenbach added, “We continue to see opportunities to profitably grow our business. Internationally, these opportunities are in sports and commercial video projects, architectural lighting, and third party advertising display solutions. Domestically, we see modest growth potential in the Commercial business unit, mainly in the spectacular display niche and digital billboard market. In Live Events, we expect to maintain sales levels based on estimated sport stadium renovations in the coming year. Transportation and Schools and Theatres business units are expected to both maintain similar sales levels in the coming year.

While we are the world leader in video system design and delivery, the world-wide market place remains competitive. The marketplace has stabilized over the past few years since the recession, but the price per square foot (or square meter) of display has decreased during this time. For our large video projects business, a significant percentage of the project costs can be associated with subcontracting, such as physical structure and display installation, which are quoted at lower general contracting margins. Our account based business for large regional and world-wide customers also remains competitive. Due to these factors, the amount of physical product we produce has increased to achieve the same revenue dollars.

While the competitive nature of our business pressures margins, we continue to focus on profitable growth. Our teams work to continually improve through lean initiatives to cost effectively build, install, and service our products. We design through product platforms to improve operational efficiency and reduce warranty costs. Our product development teams are also focused on additional LED module platforms for both Through Hole and Surface Mount Device products, as well as continued enhancements of our control system software. We invest in and will continue to expand our quality systems for our product designs, reliability testing, and manufacturing controls to continue to offer our customers high performing and reliable products. Operational areas such as sales and administration continue to focus on efficient methods to conduct their work to lower costs as a percentage of sales over the long-term.

To support our flexible capacity initiatives, we will finish our $4 million manufacturing expansions in fiscal 2015. We anticipate additional capital expenditures to be approximately $25 million. The most significant capital additions include manufacturing equipment to support new product production lines, quality initiatives, continued automation, and machine replacements. We continue to invest in new information technology hardware and software to keep the systems operational, reliable, and secure.

Fiscal 2015 will be a 53-week year. The extra week will fall within the first quarter, resulting in a 14-week quarter versus a 13-week quarter. We look forward to a successful fiscal 2015."

As previously announced in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 23, 2014, the company approved a regular quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share payable June 13, 2014 to holders of record at the close of business on June 2, 2014.

Webcast Information
The company will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its financial results today at 10:00 am (Central Time). This call will be broadcast live at http://investor.daktronics.com and available for replay shortly after the event.

About Daktronics
Daktronics has strong leadership positions in, and is the world's largest supplier of, large screen video displays, electronic scoreboards, LED text and graphics displays, and related control systems. The company excels in the control of display systems, including those that require integration of multiple complex displays showing real-time information, graphics, animation, and video. Daktronics designs, manufactures, markets and services display systems for customers around the world in four domestic business units:  Live Events, Commercial, Schools and Theatres and Transportation, and one International business unit. For more information, visit the company's World Wide Web site at: http://www.daktronics.com, e-mail the company at investor@daktronics.com, call (605) 692-0200 or toll-free (800) 843-5843 in the United States or write to the company at 201 Daktronics Dr., PO Box 5128, Brookings, S.D. 57006-5128.

Safe Harbor Statement
Cautionary Notice: In addition to statements of historical fact, this news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is intended to enjoy the protection of that Act.  These forward-looking statements reflect the Company's expectations or beliefs concerning future events. The Company cautions that these and similar statements involve risk and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations, including, but not limited to, changes in economic and market conditions, management of growth, timing and magnitude of future contracts, fluctuations in margins, the introduction of new products and technology, the impact of adverse weather conditions and other risks noted in the company's SEC filings, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for its 2013 fiscal year.  Forward-looking statements are made in the context of information available as of the date stated. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise such statements to reflect new circumstances or unanticipated events as they occur.

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For more information contact:
Sheila Anderson, Chief Financial Officer
(605) 692-0200

The following information was filed by Daktronics Inc (DAKT) on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 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-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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