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Elbit Systems Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

HAIFA, Israel, November 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Elbit Systems Ltd. (the  " Company " ) (NASDAQ: ESLT, TASE: ESLT), the international defense electronics company, reported today its consolidated financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

In this release, the Company is providing its usual US-GAAP results as well as additional non-GAAP financial data, which are intended to provide investors with a more comprehensive understanding of the Company's business results and trends. Unless otherwise stated, all financial data presented is US- GAAP financial data.

Management Comment :

Joseph Ackerman, President and CEO of Elbit Systems, commented: "I am encouraged by the third quarter results, which reflect improvements in some parameters, resulting in part from our ongoing cost-reduction and cost-effectiveness efforts. Concurrently, the increase in backlog reflects Elbit Systems' long-term strategy achievements in increasing our customer base".

Ackerman added: "We have recently been awarded a number of important projects in Asia- Pacific and Latin America, some in new fields and others in new countries. We will continue to increase our activity in these markets as well as in additional potential growing markets in order to balance the situation in other markets that currently are experiencing decreasing budgets. The third quarter results continue our trend of stability and I believe that Elbit Systems is well positioned and prepared for the challenges ahead".

Third quarter 2012 results :

Revenues were $677.5 million in the third quarter of 2012, as compared to $663.7 million in the third quarter of 2011. The main contributors to the Company's revenues were the Airborne and C4ISR systems areas of operations.  

Gross profit was $191.5 million (28.3% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2012, as compared to $204.1 million (30.8% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2011. The non-GAAP gross profit in the third quarter of 2012 was $196.6 million (29.0% of revenues), compared to $211.6 million (31.9% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2011.

Research and development expenses, net were $50.7 million (7.5% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2012, as compared to $55.5 million (8.4% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2011.

Marketing and selling expenses were $59.0 million (8.7% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2012, as compared to $58.4 million (8.8% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2011.  

General and administrative expenses were $32.7 million (4.8% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2012, as compared to $34.0 million (5.1% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2011. This continues the trend of reduction in general and administrative expenses we have experienced over several quarters, partially due to cost cutting and efficiency measures.

Operating Income was $49.0 million (7.2% of revenues), compared to $56.2 million (8.5% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2011. The non-GAAP operating income in the third quarter of 2012 was $61.0 million (9.0% of revenues), as compared to $70.3 million (10.6% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2011.

Financial expenses, net were $5.5 million in the third quarter of 2012, as compared to $3.1 million in the third quarter of 2011.

Taxes on income were $4.9 million (effective tax rate of 11.2%) in the third quarter of 2012, as compared to taxes on income of $9.8 million (effective tax rate of 18.2%) in the third quarter of 2011. The lower effective tax rate in the quarter was attributable mainly to adjustments related to tax positions taken during prior periods and to the mix of the tax rates in the various jurisdictions in which the Company's entities generate taxable income.

Equity in net earnings of affiliated companies and partnerships was $1.0 million (0.2% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2012, as compared to $4.0 million (0.6% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2011.

Net income attributable to non-controlling interests was $0.4 million in the third quarter of 2012, as compared to a net expense of $3.4 million in the third quarter of 2011.

Net income, attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders, was $39.5 million (5.8% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2012, as compared to $36.5 million (5.5% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2011. The non-GAAP net income in the third quarter of 2012 was $49.4 million (7.3% of revenues), as compared to $56.4 million (8.5% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2011.

Diluted net earnings per share attributable to the Company's ordinary shareholders were $0.95 for the third quarter of 2012, as compared with $0.85 for the third quarter of 2011. The non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share in the third quarter of 2012 were $1.18, as compared to $1.31 in the third quarter of 2011.

The Company ' s backlog of orders as of September 30, 2012 was $5,529 million, as compared with $5,465 million as of June 30, 2012 and $5,528 million as of December 31, 2011. Approximately 74% of the backlog relates to orders outside of Israel. Approximately 54% of the Company's backlog as of September 30, 2012 is scheduled to be performed during the fourth quarter of 2012 and in 2013.

Operating cash flow was $61.0 million during the first nine months of 2012, as compared to $11.2 million in the first nine months of 2011.

Non-GAAP financial data :

The following non-GAAP financial data is presented to enable investors to have additional information on the Company's business performance as well as a further basis for periodical comparisons and trends relating to the Company's financial results. The Company believes such data provides useful information to investors by facilitating more meaningful comparisons of the Company's financial results over time. Such non-GAAP information is used by the Company's management to make strategic decisions, forecast future results and evaluate the Company's current performance. However, investors are cautioned that, unlike financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, non-GAAP measures may not be comparable with the calculation of similar measures for other companies.  

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