RF Industries' Fiscal 2011 Sales Advance 19% To $19,434,000; Net Income Is $776,000, Or $0.11 Per Diluted Share

RF Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ:RFIL) today announced results for the fiscal year and three months ended October 31, 2011 and reiterated financial guidance for current fiscal year ending October 31, 2012.

Fiscal 2011 Results

For the fiscal year ended October 31, 2011, net sales increased 19% to a record $19,434,000 compared to net sales of $16,322,000 in fiscal 2010. Net income was $776,000, or $0.11 per diluted share, compared to $1,220,000, or $0.19 per diluted share, for fiscal 2010.

"RFI's 19th consecutive year of profitability and our record sales for fiscal 2011 was led by strong performance at Bioconnect and the June 15, 2011 acquisition of Cables Unlimited. Net income was affected by one-time costs of approximately $798,000 associated with the acquisition of Cables Unlimited and the resolution of certain shareholder issues, which significantly increased the Company's general and administrative expenses. We are encouraged that the slowdown in wireless installations and upgrades, which affected RF Connector & Cable Assembly sales in the second half of fiscal 2011, appears to have come to an end in the current first quarter," said Howard Hill, RF Industries' CEO.

RF Connector and Cable Assembly sales weakened in the second half, causing sales to decline 2% to $13,868,000 for the year and a gross margin of 54%, compared to 55% for fiscal 2010.

Fiscal 2011 sales increased 25% at Bioconnect to a record $2,154,000, raising gross margin to 37% of sales and increasing operating income 43% to $439,000.

Sales at Cables Unlimited, during the four and one half month period after its acquisition, were $2,644,000 and the 27% gross margin was within expectations. Cables Unlimited's fiscal 2011 operating profitability of $22,000 was affected by $180,000 in amortization and depreciation expenses.

RF Wireless sales improved 53% to $769,000 and the operating loss narrowed to $669,000 compared to an operating loss of $908,000 last year. "We believe that recently announced contract wins by RadioMobile, combined with opportunities for additional wireless business, will significantly increase RF Wireless' sales in fiscal 2012," said Hill.

At October 31, 2011, RFI reported cash and cash equivalents of $1,761,000, restricted cash of $67,000 and investments in short-term certificates of deposits of $4,095,000 for a total of approximately $5,923,000 in liquid, restricted and short-term capital resources. Working capital was $12,918,000, the current ratio was 5 to 1 and stockholders' equity was $19,678,000, or $2.77 per outstanding share.

RF Industries Reiterates Guidance for Fiscal 2012

"Although our business is seasonal, with the first quarter ending January 31 typically representing the lowest sales and earnings period of the fiscal year, we expect that our continuing business, including the newly acquired Cables Unlimited division and increased sales from RadioMobile's recently announced contract with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, will result in record revenues for the fiscal year ending October 31, 2012. Based on these factors, we are reiterating our January 9, 2012 guidance for annual sales of $24 to $26 million and earnings of approximately $0.27 to $0.30 per diluted share in the current fiscal year," said Hill.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2011 Results

For the fourth quarter ended October 31, 2011, net sales increased 19% to a record $5,954,000 compared to $5,001,000 in the same quarter last year. The net loss was $50,000, or $0.01 per share, compared to net income of $435,000, or $0.07 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.

"The fourth quarter loss is attributable to reduced sales at RF Connector and Cable, combined with one-time expenses for professional fees of approximately $167,000 associated with the acquisition of Cables Unlimited and the resolution of certain shareholder issues. The fourth quarter loss was further affected by charges of $106,000 for depreciation and amortization expenses related to the Cables Unlimited transaction," said Hill.

RF Cable and Connector sales declined 15% to $3,724,000 from $4,375,000 in the same period last year and gross margin was 53%, compared to 55% of sales in the same quarter last year. Results were affected by one-time professional fees and acquisition costs, which raised expenses $280,000 in the period and reduced operating profits to $181,000 compared to $906,000 in the same quarter last year.

Bioconnect sales declined 9% to $345,000 from $379,000 in the same period last year, but operating profit improved to $12,000 due to higher gross margins and lower administrative expenses in the quarter.

Sales at Cables Unlimited were $1,734,000 in the fourth quarter and the gross margin was 22% of sales for the period. Acquisition-related depreciation and amortization expenses contributed significantly to the operating loss of $66,000 in the fourth quarter.

RF Wireless sales declined 39% to $151,000 in the quarter and the net operating loss of $160,000 was approximately equivalent to the net loss in the fourth quarter last year.

About RF Industries

RFI manufactures, designs and distributes Radio Frequency (RF) connectors and cable assemblies, medical cabling products, RF wireless products, and fiber optic cable products. Coaxial connectors, cable assemblies and custom microwave RF connectors are used for Wi-Fi, PCS, radio, test instruments, computer networks, antenna devices, aerospace, OEM and Government agencies. Medical Cabling and Interconnector products are specialized custom electrical cabling products for the medical equipment monitoring market. RF Wireless products include digital data transceivers for industrial monitoring, wide area networks, GPS tracking and mobile wireless network solutions. Fiber optic cable, connector and harness products serve computer, aerospace, computer networking and specialty applications.

Safe Harbor Statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

This press release contains forward-looking statements with respect to future events which are subject to a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: changes in the telecommunications industry; the operations of the Cables Unlimited division which was acquired in June 2011; unexpected difficulties or delays in implementing the new wireless system upgrade to the Los Angeles County Fire Department's existing remote communications equipment; and the Company's reliance on certain distributors for a significant portion of anticipated revenues. Further discussion of these and other potential risk factors may be found in the Company's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ( www.sec.gov ), including its Form 10-K. All forward-looking statements are based upon information available to the Company on the date they are published and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward- looking statements to reflect events or new information after the date of this release.
(in thousands, except per share and share amounts)
Three Months Ended Year Ended
October 31, October 31,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Net sales $ 5,954 $ 5,001 $ 19,434 $ 16,322
Cost of sales   3,440     2,441   10,098   8,159
Gross profit 2,514 2,560 9,336 8,163
Operating expenses:
Engineering 343 263 1,247 888
Selling and general 2,185 1,533 6,953 5,134
Goodwill impairment     --   --   137
Total Operating expenses   2,528     1,796   8,200   6,159
Operating income (loss) (14 ) 764 1,136 2,004
Interest income (expense)   (7 )   18   16   87
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes (21 ) 782 1,152 2,091
Provision for income taxes   29     347   379   871
Consolidated net income (loss) (50 ) 435 773 1,220
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest   4     --   3   --
Net income (loss) attributable
to RF Industries Ltd. and Subsidiary $ (46 ) $ 435 $ 776 $ 1,220
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic $ (0.01 ) $ 0.08 $ 0.12 $ 0.21










Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic   7,135,549     5,777,518   6,382,845   5,719,606





Dividends paid $ --   $ 84,113 $ 2,528,971 $ 84,113
(in thousands, except per share and share amounts)
October 31,
2011 2010
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,761 $ 4,729
Restricted cash 67 --
Certificates of deposit 4,095 4,578
Trade accounts receivable, net 2,606 2,558
Inventories 6,189 4,608
Prepaid income taxes 572 --
Other current assets 512 448
Deferred tax assets   611   613
Property and equipment, net 2,443 530
Long term certificates of deposit -- 946
Goodwill 3,076 --
Amortizable intangible assets, net 1,866 --
Non-amortizable intangible assets 410 --
Note receivable from stockholder 67 67
Other assets   103   32
TOTAL ASSETS $ 24,378 $ 19,109
Accounts payable $ 521 $ 538
Accrued expenses 1,580 1,217
Mortgages payable   1,394   --
Income taxes payable   --   124
Deferred tax liabilities 1,072 19
Other long-term liabilities   133   297
Common stock - authorized 200,000,000 shares of $0.01 par
value; 7,110,507 and 5,861,764 shares issued and outstanding 71 59
Additional paid-in capital 11,382 6,996
Retained earnings   8,011   9,859
Total RF Industries and Subsidiary 19,464 16,914
Noncontrolling interest   214   --
TOTAL EQUITY   19,678   16,914

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