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Frequency Electronics, Inc. Announces First Quarter Fiscal Year 2013 Results

MITCHEL FIELD, N.Y., Sept. 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Frequency Electronics, Inc. (Nasdaq:FEIM) reported revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, which ended July 31, 2012, of $16.7 million, compared to $15.9 million recorded in the same quarter of fiscal 2012. The Company recorded operating profit of $1.1 million for the quarter ended July 31, 2012, compared to $1.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 was $768,000 or $0.09 per diluted share compared to $1.3 million or $0.16 per diluted share for the first quarter of the prior year.

Commenting on the Company's performance and business outlook, Chairman of the Board General Joseph Franklin said: "We are on track this year again to achieve higher revenues and operating profits. Satellite payload revenues remained strong, 25% above the level of the prior year first quarter. Bookings in the first quarter were excellent, exceeding $20 million, including substantial new opportunities in addition to awards on long-term programs already in our pipeline. We expect significant additional bookings on legacy programs in the second quarter. Quarterly results met expectations as we absorbed approximately $1 million of additional costs on less than $1 million of revenues at FEI-Elcom Tech, our newest subsidiary. This reduced consolidated earnings. Going forward we anticipate increased revenues and positive contributions to earnings from FEI-Elcom. The outlook for FEI-Zyfer and Gillam-FEI is positive as well. All in all, we are looking ahead to an excellent year for Frequency Electronics in fiscal 2013."

Selected Fiscal 2013 Financial Metrics and Other Items

  • Satellite payloads accounted for half of consolidated revenues and nearly 60% of first quarter bookings. 
  • Total sales for U.S. Government/DOD end-use rose to 49% of consolidated revenues. We expect revenues for U.S. Government/DOD end-use will continue to grow in this current fiscal year.
  • The first quarter impact of FEI-Elcom was to decrease the gross margin rate by approximately 2% and reduce operating profit as a percentage of revenues by approximately 5%.  Recent orders support expectations that the acquisition of FEI-Elcom will become accretive during this fiscal year.
  • Reported segment revenues (in thousands):
  3 months ended July 31
  2012 2011
FEI-NY $11,848 $10,615
Gillam-FEI 1,908 1,988
FEI-Zyfer 3,357 3,773
less intersegment revenues (428) (437)
Consolidated revenues $16,685 $15,939
  • Sales for Gillam-FEI in the first quarter increased year-over-year when denominated in euros but the 11% decline in the value of the euro reduced reported revenues by approximately $200,000.

Investor Conference Call

As previously announced, the Company will hold a conference call to discuss these results on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at Noon Eastern Time. Investors and analysts may access the call by dialing 1-877-407-9205. International callers may dial 1-201-689-8054. Ask for the Frequency Electronics conference call. 

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