Anaren Reports 3rd Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

SYRACUSE, N.Y., April 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Anaren, Inc. (Nasdaq:ANEN) today reported net sales for the fiscal 2013 third quarter ended March 31, 2013 of $39.0 million, up 12.3% from $34.7 million for the third quarter of last year.

GAAP (U.S. generally accepted accounting principles) net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 was $5.3 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, up 167% from $2.0 million, or $0.14 per diluted share for the third quarter of last year.

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, excluding non-cash equity based compensation and intangible asset amortization, was $0.47 for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.19 for the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

Both GAAP and Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter were enhanced by a one-time favorable adjustment of approximately $1.6 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, resulting from the reinstatement of the federal Research & Experimentation Tax Credit, in January 2013, retroactive to January 2012.

GAAP operating income for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 was $4.9 million, or 12.6% of net sales, up 181% from $1.8 million, or 5.0% of net sales for the third quarter of last year. Non-GAAP operating income for the third quarter of fiscal 2013, which excludes non-cash equity based compensation and intangible asset amortization, was $6.1 million, or 15.6% of net sales, up 105% from $3.0 million, or 8.6% of net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

The Company had a net income tax benefit for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 of $0.4 million, representing an effective tax rate of (8.1) %. This compares to an income tax benefit of $0.1 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2012, representing an effective tax rate of (4.7) %. The tax benefit resulted from the reinstatement of the federal Research & Experimentation Tax Credit retroactive to January 2012. The projected effective tax rate for fiscal 2013, absent one-time events and adjusted for the reinstatement of the federal Research & Experimentation Tax Credit in January 2013, is expected to be approximately 25%.

Lawrence A. Sala, Anaren's Chairman, President and CEO, said, "The growth in net sales and improved profitability for the quarter was driven by both the Space & Defense and Wireless Groups. The Space & Defense Group business is benefiting from improved operational execution and a growing percentage of Space related business."

Net sales for the nine months ended March 31, 2013 were $116.0 million, up 6.3% from net sales of $109.2 million for the first nine months of last year. GAAP net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 was $11.7 million, or $0.88 per diluted share, up 105% from $5.7 million, or $0.39 per diluted share for the first nine months of last year.

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, excluding non-cash equity based compensation and intangible amortization, was $1.06 for the first nine months of fiscal 2013 compared to non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.55 for the first nine months of fiscal 2012.

During the third quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company generated $8.4 million in operating cash flow compared to $2.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2012. Additionally, during the current quarter the Company repurchased 10,793 shares of its common stock for a total of $0.2 million and expended $1.9 million for capital additions. Non-operating cash receipts for the quarter included $0.2 million from the exercise of stock options and $0.6 million received as partial compensation for the condemnation of the Company's leased China facility. During the third quarter, the Company repaid the $8.0 million outstanding balance on its revolving credit facility and at March 31, 2013, had zero outstanding debt. Cash, cash equivalents and marketable debt securities were $42.7 million at March 31, 2013, down $0.9 million from December 31, 2012.

Wireless Group

Wireless Group net sales for the quarter were $12.0 million, up 16.9% from the third quarter of fiscal 2012, but sequentially down 6.9% compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2013, due primarily to price reductions that became effective January 1, 2013. Demand from wireless infrastructure customers has remained stable in recent quarters and current forecasts indicate comparable demand for the fourth quarter.

New product investments for the quarter continued to be focused on expansion of the wireless infrastructure components and low power wireless Anaren Integrated Radio (AIR) module product lines. During the quarter the Group received an order of approximately $0.5 million from a European customer for AIR modules to be delivered over the next 14 months representing the first substantial AIR product order from a single customer.

Customers that generated greater than 10% of Wireless Group net sales for the quarter were Arrow Electronics, Richardson and Huawei.

Space & Defense Group

Space & Defense Group net sales for the quarter were $27.0 million, up 10.3% from the third quarter of fiscal 2012. Continued improved operational execution and a more favorable product mix during the current quarter resulted in higher profitability for the Group compared to the third quarter last year.

New orders for the quarter totaled $18.2 million and were driven by numerous space, radar and electronic warfare applications. Orders for the quarter were lower than sales levels largely due to timing. Space & Defense Group order backlog at March 31, 2013 was approximately $95.9 million.

Customers that generated greater than 10% of Space & Defense Group net sales for the quarter were Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to presenting financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP, Anaren's earnings release contains non-GAAP financial measures including: non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per diluted share. These non-GAAP measures are each adjusted from GAAP results to exclude certain non-cash items including equity based compensation and intangible asset amortization.

The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to both management and investors to help understand and compare business trends among reporting periods on a consistent basis. Additionally, these non-GAAP financial measurements are one of the primary indicators management uses for planning and forecasting in future periods. The presentation of this additional information should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Outlook

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, we anticipate comparable sales for both the Space & Defense Group and the Wireless Group compared to the third quarter levels. As a result, we expect net sales to be in the range of $37 to $41 million. We expect GAAP net earnings to be in the range of $0.22 - $0.28 per diluted share for the fourth quarter.

Non-GAAP net earnings, which are inclusive of approximately $0.05 -$0.06 per diluted share related to expected equity based compensation expense and amortization of intangibles assets, are expected to be in the range of $0.28 - $0.34 per diluted share for the fourth quarter.

Both GAAP and Non GAAP projections exclude any one time fees and expenses associated with the unsolicited offer by Vintage Capital Management, LLC to acquire the Company.

Unsolicited Offer By Vintage Capital Management, LLC

On April 15, 2013, the Company received a written non-binding offer from Vintage Capital Management, LLC to acquire the Company in a cash transaction for $23.00 per share. The Company's Board of Directors has formed a special committee of independent directors to review and evaluate this offer, which will communicate its conclusion to the Company's shareholders.

Additional Information And Where To Find It

This communication does not constitute either a solicitation of a proxy or an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. No proxy solicitation or tender offer for the shares of Anaren, Inc. (the "Company") has commenced at this time. If a tender offer is commenced, the Company will file a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). INVESTORS AND STOCKHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ THESE AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and stockholders will be able to obtain free copies of these documents (if and when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by the Company through the web site maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. In addition, documents filed with the SEC by the Company may be obtained free of charge by contacting David Ferrara, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel, at (315) 362-0510.

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements contained in this news release which are not historical information are "forward-looking statements." These and other forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to business, market and economic risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed. You are encouraged to review Anaren's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission to learn more about the various risks and uncertainties facing Anaren's business and their potential impact on Anaren's revenue, earnings and stock price. Unless required by law, Anaren disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement.

Conference Call

Anaren will host a live teleconference, open to the public on the Anaren Investor Info, Live Webcast Web Site ( www.anaren.com) on April 24, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. (ET). A replay of the conference call will be available at 11:30 a.m. (ET) beginning April 24 through 11:30 p.m. on May 1, 2013. To listen to the replay, interested parties may dial in the U.S. at 1-855-859-2056 and International at 1-404-537-3406. The passcode is 34525155. If you are unable to access the Live Webcast, the dial in number for the U.S. is 1-877-734-4580 and International is 1-678-905-9378.

Company Background

Anaren designs, manufactures and sells complex microwave components and subsystems for the wireless communications, satellite communications and defense electronics markets. For more information on Anaren's products, visit our Web site at www.anaren.com.
         
         
 ANAREN, INC. 
 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income 
 (in thousands except per share data) 
 (unaudited) 
         
         
   Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended 
  March 31, 2013 March 31, 2012 March 31, 2013 March 31, 2012
         
 Net sales   $ 38,974  $ 34,717  $ 116,038  $ 109,174
         
 Cost of sales   24,718  23,027  72,353  71,619
 Gross profit   14,256  11,690  43,685  37,555
  36.6% 33.7% 37.6% 34.4%
 Operating expenses:         
 Marketing   2,508  2,553  7,422  7,586
 Research and development   3,401  3,133  9,978  10,182
 General and administration   3,421  4,252  12,288  13,038
 Total operating expenses   9,330  9,938  29,688  30,806
         
 Operating income   4,926  1,752  13,997  6,749
  12.6% 5.0% 12.1% 6.2%
 Other income (expense):         
 Other income   51  175  412  454
 Interest expense   (44)  (19)  (109)  (152)
 Total other income, net   7  156  303  302
         
 Income before income tax expense (benefit)   4,933  1,908  14,300  7,051
 Income tax expense (benefit)   (400)  (90)  2,600  1,350
 Net income   $ 5,333  $ 1,998  $ 11,700  $ 5,701
  13.7% 5.8% 10.1% 5.2%
         
 Earnings per share:         
 Basic   $ 0.43  $ 0.14  $ 0.92  $ 0.40
 Diluted   $ 0.41  $ 0.14  $ 0.88  $ 0.39
         
         
 Weighted average common shares outstanding:         
 Basic   12,490  14,070  12,730  14,143
 Diluted   13,033  14,696  13,302  14,783
     
     
ANAREN, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
     
  March 31, 2013 June 30, 2012
     
Assets:    
Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments  $ 35,939  $ 32,232
Receivables, less allowances  30,704  29,521
Inventories  37,671  36,443
Prepaid expenses and other assets  8,198  6,650
 Total current assets  112,512  104,846
     
Securities held to maturity  6,794  11,657
Property, plant, and equipment, net  41,112  47,171
Goodwill  42,343  42,343
Other intangibles, net  7,060  7,770
 Total assets  $ 209,821  $ 213,787
     
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    
Liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $ 6,800  $ 8,604
Accrued expenses  4,985  3,926
Customer advance payments  1,393  1,307
Other liabilities  1,719  2,068
 Total current liabilities  14,897  15,905
     
Other non-current liabilities  12,711  12,379
 Total liabilities  27,608  28,284
     
Stockholders' Equity:    
Common stock and additional paid-in capital  228,565  223,326
Retained earnings  154,826  143,126
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (2,939)  (3,026)
Less: cost of treasury shares  (198,239)  (177,923)
 Total stockholders' equity  182,213  185,503
     
 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 209,821  $ 213,787
         
         
 ANAREN, INC. 
 Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Gross Profit, Operating Income, Net Income and Dilluted Earnings Per Share 
 (in thousands except per share data) 
 (unaudited) 
         
         
   Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended 
  March 31, 2013 March 31, 2012 March 31, 2013 March 31, 2012
         
 Net sales   $ 38,974  $ 34,717  $ 116,038  $ 109,174
         
 GAAP gross profit   $ 14,256  $ 11,690  $ 43,685  $ 37,555
 Equity-based compensation expense (1)   210  201  687  606
 Amortization of intangibles (2)   39  39  117  117
 Non-GAAP gross profit   $ 14,505  $ 11,930  $ 44,489  $ 38,278
 % of sales  37.2% 34.4% 38.3% 35.1%
         
 GAAP operating income   $ 4,926  $ 1,752  $ 13,997  $ 6,749
 Equity-based compensation expense (1)   928  922  2,975  2,869
 Amortization of intangibles (2)   227  298  709  894
 Non-GAAP operating income   $ 6,081  $ 2,972  $ 17,681  $ 10,512
 % of sales  15.6% 8.6% 15.2% 9.6%
         
 GAAP net income   $ 5,333  $ 1,998  $ 11,700  $ 5,701
 Equity-based compensation expense (1)   928  922  2,975  2,869
 Amortization of intangibles (2)   227  298  709  894
 Tax effect   (416)  (439)  (1,326)  (1,354)
 Non-GAAP net income   $ 6,072  $ 2,779  $ 14,058  $ 8,110
 % of sales  15.6% 8.0% 12.1% 7.4%
         
         
 Diluted earnings per share         
 GAAP diluted earnings per share   $ 0.41  $ 0.14  $ 0.88  $ 0.39
 Equity-based compensation expense (1)   0.07  0.06  0.22  0.19
 Amortization of intangibles (2)   0.02  0.02  0.05  0.06
 Tax adjustments   (0.03)  (0.03)  (0.09)  (0.09)
 Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share   $ 0.47  $ 0.19  $ 1.06  $ 0.55
         
 Weighted average common shares outstanding         
 Diluted   13,033  14,696  13,302  14,783
         
 1) These costs represent expense recognized in accordance with the share-based compensation accounting rules. 
         
 2) These costs represent amortization of intangible assets for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012. 
       
       
 ANAREN, INC. 
 Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Gross Profit, Operating Income, and Earnings Per Share 
 (in thousands) 
 (unaudited) 
       
 The following table details the Non-GAAP, Non-Cash expenses related to equity-based compensation and intangible asset amortization by expense category. 
       
       
   Three Months Ended March 31, 2013 
   (in thousands) 
   (unaudited) 
       
   Equity Based Compensation Amortization of Intangibles   Total 
 Cost of sales   $ 210  $ 39  $ 249
 Marketing   78  --   78
 Research and development   97  --   97
 General and administrative   543  188  731
   $ 928  $ 227  $ 1,155
       
       
   Nine Months Ended March 31, 2013 
   (in thousands) 
   (unaudited) 
       
   Equity Based Compensation  Amortization of Intangibles   Total 
 Cost of sales   $ 687  $ 117  $ 804
 Marketing   250  --   250
 Research and development   325  --   325
 General and administrative   1,713  592  2,305
   $ 2,975  $ 709  $ 3,684
       
       
   Three Months Ended March 31, 2012 
   (in thousands) 
   (unaudited) 
       
   Equity Based Compensation  Amortization of Intangibles  Total 
 Cost of sales   $ 201  $ 39  $ 240
 Marketing   36  --   36
 Research and development   88  --   88
 General and administrative   597  259  856
   $ 922  $ 298  $ 1,220
       
       
   Nine Months Ended March 31, 2012 
   (in thousands) 
   (unaudited) 
       
   Equity Based Compensation  Amortization of Intangibles  Total 
 Cost of sales   $ 606  $ 117  $ 723
 Marketing   175  --   175
 Research and development   308  --   308
 General and administrative   1,780  777  2,557
   $ 2,869  $ 894  $ 3,763
     
     
ANAREN, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
     
   Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended 
   March 31, 2013   March 31, 2013 
Cash flows from operating activities:    
Net income  $ 5,333  $ 11,700
     
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:    
Depreciation  1,945  5,775
Amortization  293  973
Gain on disposal of fixed assets  (557)  (557)
Deferred income taxes  316  1,009
Equity-based compensation  928  2,975
Receivables  1,579  (1,183)
Inventories  517  (1,228)
Accounts payable  237  (1,804)
Other assets and liabilities  (2,152)  (2,298)
Net cash provided by operating activities  8,439  15,362
     
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Capital expenditures   (1,891)  (4,075)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant, and equipment  557  5,787
Net maturities of held to maturity securities  2,614  11,679
Net cash provided by investing activities  1,280  13,391
     
Cash flows from financing activities:    
(Payments made) proceeds from long-term debt obligation, net  (8,000)  -- 
Stock options exercised  242  1,718
Excess tax benefit from equity-based compensation  (8)  546
Purchase of treasury shares  (205)  (20,316)
Net cash used in financing activities  (7,971)  (18,052)
     
Effect of exchange rates on cash  73  87
     
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents  $ 1,821  $ 10,788
     
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period  $ 29,979  $ 21,012
     
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $ 31,800  $ 31,800
CONTACT: George Blanton, CFO         315-362-0436         Joseph E. Porcello, VP-Accounting         315-362-0514

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