Measurement Specialties Announces Results For The Third Quarter Ended December 31, 2012

HAMPTON, Va., Feb. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Measurement Specialties, Inc. (Nasdaq:MEAS) (the "Company"), a global designer and manufacturer of sensors and sensor-based systems, announces results for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2012.

The Company reported consolidated net sales of $81.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012, an increase of $5.3 million or 7%, as compared to the corresponding period of last year. Excluding sales attributed to the Gentech, Cosense and RTD acquisitions of approximately $8.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012 and net sales of approximately $2.5 million for Gentech during the prior year, organic sales decreased $0.3 million or approximately 0.4%. Changes in the average U.S. dollar / Euro exchange rate during the three months ended December 31, 2012 as compared to the three months ended December 31, 2011, adversely impacted the Company's organic sales by approximately $0.7 million.

For the three months ended December 31, 2012, the Company reported net income of $6.1 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, as compared to net income of $4.7 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

The Company reported consolidated net sales of $258.0 million for the nine months ended December 31, 2012, an increase of $31.2 million or 13.8%, as compared to the corresponding period of last year. Excluding sales attributed to the Eureka, Celesco, Gentech, Cosense and RTD acquisitions of $32.5 million for the nine months ended December 31, 2012, and sales of $7.3 million attributed to Eureka, Celesco and Gentech for the nine months ended December 31, 2011, organic sales increased approximately $6.0 million or 2.7%. Changes in the average U.S. dollar / Euro exchange rate during the nine months ended December 31, 2012 as compared to the nine months ended December 31, 2011, adversely impacted the Company's organic sales by approximately $5.2 million.

For the nine months ended December 31, 2012, the Company reported net income of $25.1 million, or $1.55 per diluted share, as compared to net income of $19.4 million, or $1.22 per diluted share for the same period last year.

Frank Guidone, Company CEO, commented, "Our third quarter fiscal 2013 financial results were adversely impacted by weak macro conditions compounded by destocking in the supply chain across most market verticals. While our three month book to bill was 1.02 (signaling expansion), bookings were modestly below our expectation. We have seen a strong pickup in January bookings and expect fourth quarter sales to range between $88 million and $90 million, resulting in forecast fiscal 2013 net sales of approximately $346 million to $348 million.

Guidone continued, "Through 9 months, we generated $23.5 million in Free Cash Flow and maintain a conservative balance sheet with 1.1 net debt to adjusted EBITDA. We recently expanded our senior credit facility which will provide additional capital for acquisitions. We believe our ability to source, close and integrate synergistic acquisitions at attractive valuations will allow us to deliver industry leading growth despite the challenging macro environment. We continue to maintain a robust development pipeline that will boost organic growth over the coming years and have made good progress on some of our larger opportunities, evidenced by several recent awards, including a $1 million stocking order for our new digital humidity sensor as well our first formal design win for an off-road in-tank combo urea level/quality sensor."

On February 5, 2013, the Company filed its Form 10-Q for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2012. Please refer to the Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations included in the Company's Form 10-Q for a more complete discussion of sales, margin and expenses.

The Company will host an investor conference call on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM Eastern to answer questions regarding the results reported in our Form 10-Q for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2012. US dialers: (877) 407-9210; International dialers (201) 689-8049. Interested parties may also listen via the Internet at: www.investorcalendar.com. The call will be available for replay for 30 days by dialing (877) 660-6853 (US dialers); (201) 612-7415 (International dialers), and entering the conference ID# 408072, and on Investorcalendar.com.

About Measurement Specialties : Measurement Specialties, Inc. (MEAS) designs and manufactures sensors and sensor-based systems to measure precise ranges of physical characteristics such as measuring pressure, linear/rotary position, force, torque, piezoelectric polymer film sensors, custom microstructures, load cells, vibrations and acceleration, optical absorption, humidity, gas concentration, gas flow rate, temperature, fluid properties and fluid level. MEAS uses multiple advanced technologies - piezoresistive silicon, polymer and ceramic piezoelectric materials, application specific integrated circuits, micro-electromechanical systems ("MEMS"), foil strain gauges, electromagnetic force balance systems, fluid capacitive devices, linear and rotational variable differential transformers, anisotropic magneto-resistive devices, electromagnetic displacement sensors, hygroscopic capacitive structures, ultrasonic measurement systems, optical measurement systems, negative thermal coefficient ("NTC") ceramic sensors, 3-6 DOF (degree of freedom) force/torque structures, complex mechanical resonators, magnetic reed switches, high frequency multipoint scanning algorithms, and high precision submersible hydrostatic level detection – to engineer sensors that operate precisely and cost effectively.

This release includes forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward looking statements may be identified by such words or phrases as "should", "intends", " is subject to", "expects", "will", "continue", "anticipate", "estimated", "projected", "may", " believe", "future prospects", or similar expressions. Factors that might cause actual results to differ materially from the expected results described in or underlying our forward-looking statements include: Conditions in the general economy, including risks associated with the current financial crisis and worldwide economic conditions and reduced demand for products that incorporate our products; Competitive factors, such as price pressures and the potential emergence of rival technologies; Compliance with export control laws and regulations; Fluctuations in foreign currency exchange and interest rates; Interruptions of suppliers' operations or the refusal of our suppliers to provide us with component materials, particularly in light of the current economic conditions and potential for suppliers to fail; Timely development, market acceptance and warranty performance of new products; Changes in product mix, costs and yields; Uncertainties related to doing business in Europe and China; Legislative initiatives, including tax legislation and other changes in the Company's tax position; Legal proceedings; Compliance with debt covenants, including events beyond our control; Conditions in the credit markets, including our ability to raise additional funds or refinance our existing credit facility; Adverse developments in the automotive industry and other markets served by us; and risk factors listed from time to time in the reports we file with the SEC. The Company from time-to-time considers acquiring or disposing of business or product lines. Forward-looking statements do not include the impact of acquisitions or dispositions of assets, which could affect results in the near term. Actual results may differ materially. The Company assumes no obligation to update the information in this release.
 
 
 
MEASUREMENT SPECIALTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(UNAUDITED)
           
    Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
    December 31,  December 31, 
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)   2012 2011 2012 2011
Net sales    $ 81,628  $ 76,341  $ 258,006  $ 226,768
Cost of goods sold    49,074  47,470  151,790  135,449
Gross profit    32,554  28,871  106,216  91,319
Selling, general, and administrative expenses    24,873  22,406  75,527  66,282
Operating income    7,681  6,465  30,689  25,037
Interest expense, net    688  806  2,072  1,932
Foreign currency exchange loss (gain)    (7)  27  235  47
Equity income in unconsolidated joint venture    (143)  (240)  (534)  (612)
Impairment of asset held for sale    --   --   489  -- 
Acquisition earn-out adjustment    --   --   (3,775)  -- 
Other expense (income)    (28)  (10)  (15)  41
Income before income taxes    7,171  5,882  32,217  23,629
Income tax expense    1,075  1,187  7,144  4,269
Net income    $ 6,096  $ 4,695  $ 25,073  $ 19,360
           
           
Earnings per common share - Basic:          
Net income - Basic    $ 0.40  $ 0.31  $ 1.63  $ 1.29
Net income - Diluted    $ 0.38  $ 0.30  $ 1.55  $ 1.22
           
Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic    15,352  15,040  15,348  15,059
Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted    16,087  15,818  16,126  15,918
 
 
MEASUREMENT SPECIALTIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)
 
     
     
  December 31, March 31,
(Amounts in thousands) 2012 2012
     
ASSETS    
     
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 32,161  $ 32,725
Accounts receivable trade, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $957 and $766, respectively  50,360  49,315
Inventories, net  60,662  57,704
Deferred income taxes, net  1,768  1,626
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  4,193  5,229
Other receivables  1,623  2,967
Asset held for sale  940  1,429
Total current assets  151,707  150,995
     
Property, plant and equipment, net  65,282  60,484
Goodwill  154,612  144,455
Acquired intangible assets, net  58,722  49,378
Deferred income taxes, net  4,011  3,613
Investment in unconsolidated joint venture  2,734  3,038
Other assets  7,427  6,244
Total assets  $ 444,495  $ 418,207
 
 
 
MEASUREMENT SPECIALTIES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)
     
  December 31, March 31,
(Amounts in thousands, except share amounts) 2012 2012
     
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY    
     
Current liabilities:    
Short-term debt  $ --   $ 1,867
Current portion of long-term debt  198  123
Current portion of capital lease obligations  26  30
Deferred acquisition payment  1,480  -- 
Accounts payable  25,597  31,879
Accrued expenses  5,297  5,116
Accrued compensation  10,002  8,755
Income taxes payable  1,962  3,124
Deferred income taxes, net  521  375
Other current liabilities  2,856  3,201
Total current liabilities  47,939  54,470
     
Revolver  86,000  80,251
Long-term debt, net of current portion  20,538  20,711
Capital lease obligations, net of current portion  11  30
Acquisition earn-out contingencies  1,826  4,317
Deferred income taxes, net  11,336  10,184
Other liabilities  6,497  5,227
Total liabilities  174,147  175,190
     
Equity:    
Serial preferred stock; 221,756 shares authorized; none outstanding  --   -- 
Common stock, no par; 25,000,000 shares authorized; 15,403,666 shares and 15,297,151 shares issued and outstanding  --   -- 
Additional paid-in capital  104,274  101,435
Retained earnings  154,086  129,013
Accumulated other comprehensive income  11,988  12,569
Total equity  270,348  243,017
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $ 444,495  $ 418,207
 
 
 
MEASUREMENT SPECIALTIES, INC AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 
(UNAUDITED)
     
  Nine months ended December 31,
(Amounts in thousands) 2012 2011
Cash flows from operating activities:    
Net income  $ 25,073  $ 19,360
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization  13,211  11,948
Non-cash equity based compensation  3,744  3,662
Acquisition earn-out adjustment  (3,775)  -- 
Impairment of asset held for sale  489  -- 
Deferred income taxes  (1,660)  (479)
Equity income in unconsolidated joint venture  (534)  (612)
Unconsolidated joint venture distributions  825  582
Net change in operating assets and liabilities:    
Accounts receivable, trade  968  2,142
Inventories  (686)  (2,932)
Prepaid expenses, other current assets and other receivables  2,224  596
Other assets  (1,366)  (1,910)
Accounts payable  (6,867)  1,622
Accrued expenses, accrued compensation, other current and other liabilities  2,582  (3,576)
Income taxes payable  557  (3,209)
Net cash provided by operating activities  34,785  27,194
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Purchases of property and equipment  (11,244)  (9,759)
Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired, and acquired intangible assets  (27,466)  (46,317)
Net cash used in investing activities  (38,710)  (56,076)
Cash flows from financing activities:    
Borrowings from revolver and short-term debt  25,797  48,900
Repayments of revolver and capital leases  (21,859)  (14,559)
Repayments of long-term debt  (88)  (141)
Payment of deferred financing costs  --   (353)
Purchase of treasury stock  (7,000)  (6,500)
Proceeds from exercise of options and employee stock purchase plan  4,950  5,123
Excess tax benefit from exercise of stock options  1,145  819
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities  2,945  33,289
     
     
Net change in cash and cash equivalents  (980)  4,407
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash  416  (715)
Cash, beginning of year  32,725  20,860
Cash, end of period  $ 32,161  $ 24,552
 
 
 
Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures (Unaudited):
         
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  December 31, December 31,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
(In thousands, except percentages)        
Net income  $ 6,096  $ 4,695  $ 25,073  $ 19,360
         
Add Back:        
Interest  688  806  2,072  1,932
Provision for income taxes  1,075  1,187  7,144  4,269
Depreciation and amortization  4,523  4,847  13,211  11,948
Foreign currency exchange loss  (7)  27  235  47
Non-cash equity based compensation  1,500  1,162  3,744  3,662
Gain on fair value adjustments for earn-outs  --   --   (3,775)  -- 
Impairment of asset held for sale  --   --   489  -- 
ITAR legal fees, acquisition related fees and restructuring costs  140  333  578  800
Adjusted EBITDA  $ 14,015  $ 13,057  $ 48,771  $ 42,018
As % of Net Sales 17.2% 17.1% 18.9% 18.5%
         
Free Cash Flow        
Capital expenditures for new French and Chinese facilities  $ (45)  $ (2,718)  $ (1,039)  $ -- 
Purchases of property and equipment, excluding new facilities  (2,679)  (2,430)  (10,205)  (9,759)
Purchases of property and equipment  (2,724)  (5,148)  (11,244)  (9,759)
Net cash provided by operating activities  12,518  8,061  34,785  27,194
Free Cash Flow  $ 9,794  $ 2,913  $ 23,541  $ 17,435
     
     
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
(Amount in thousands, except per share amounts) December 31, 2012 December 31, 2012
     
Net income  $ 6,096  $ 25,073
     
Adjustments:    
Impairment of asset held for sale, after income taxes  --   377
Acquisition earn-out fair value gain, after income taxes  --   (3,321)
Swiss non-cash income tax expense  --   853
Non-cash income tax credit for provision to return adjustment  (575)  (575)
Total adjustments  (575)  (2,666)
Adjusted Net Income  $ 5,521  $ 22,407
     
Net income per diluted share  $ 0.38  $ 1.55
Adjusted Net Income per diluted share  $ 0.34  $ 1.39
     
Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted  16,087  16,126
     
    Nine Months Ended
(Amount in thousands, except per share amounts)   December 31, 2011
     
Net income    $ 19,360
     
Adjustment:    
Swiss non-cash income tax credit    (612)
Adjusted Net Income    $ 18,748
     
Net income per diluted share    $ 1.22
Adjusted Net Income per diluted share    $ 1.18
     
Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted    15,918

Regulation G, "Conditions for Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures," promulgated under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, defines and prescribes the conditions for use of certain non-GAAP financial information. We believe that certain of our financial measures which meet the definition of non-GAAP financial measures provide important supplemental information to investors.

The financial information accompanying this press release includes the Company's earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, foreign currency transaction gains/losses, non-cash equity based compensation and certain legal expenses, or "Adjusted EBITDA," "Adjusted Net Income" and "Free Cash Flow." Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Free Cash Flow are non-GAAP measures that are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, measures prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Free Cash Flow measures used by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA is derived by adding interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, foreign currency transaction gains/losses, non-cash equity based compensation, certain legal expenses related to International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) matters and certain restructuring costs related to site consolidation to the Company's Adjusted Net Income from continuing operations and professional fees related to acquisitions. Adjusted Net Income is derived by taking net income and removing the impact of adjustments recorded for the gains on fair value of adjustments to earn-outs, impairment of asset held for sale and non-cash discrete income tax expense for the Company's Swiss operations. Free Cash Flow is derived by taking net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations and subtracting capital expenditures (purchases of property and equipment). The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA is important to investors because it provides a financial measure that is more representative of the Company's cash flow (prior to taking into account the effects of changes in working capital and purchases of property and equipment), excluding non-cash expenses and items such as foreign currency transaction gains/losses, income taxes, interest and certain legal expenses, which vary greatly period to period. Legal expenses relate to the Company's previously announced investigation into certain export compliance issues. The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA is important to investors because it more accurately represents the leverage effect of fixed expenses. The Company believes Free Cash Flow is also important to investors as it provides useful information about the amount of cash generated by the business after the purchase of property, buildings and equipment, which can then be used to, among other things, invest in the Company's business, make strategic acquisitions and strengthen the balance sheet, and because it is a significant measure used in determining the enterprise value of the Company. A limitation on the use of Free Cash Flow as a measure of financial performance is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in the Company's cash balance for the period or the residual cash flows available for discretionary expenditures due to the fact that the measure does not deduct the payments required for debt service and other obligations or payments made for business acquisitions.

These non-GAAP financial measures are used by management in addition to and in conjunction with the results presented in accordance with GAAP.   These non-GAAP financial measures should not be relied upon to the exclusion of GAAP financial measures. Non-GAAP financial measures provide an additional way of viewing aspects of our operation that, when viewed with our GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliations to the corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide an understanding of certain factors and trends relating to our business.   The Company strongly encourages investors to review our financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety and to not rely on any single financial measure.

CONTACT: Company Contact:         Mark Thomson, CFO         (757) 766-4224

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