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MTS Reports Third Quarter EPS from Continuing Operations of $0.64 up 23%; Raises Full Year Guidance
Eden Prairie, Minn. – July 23, 2008 – MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC) today reported third quarter fiscal 2008 earnings from continuing operations of $0.64 per diluted share on income of $11.0 million, an increase of 23 percent compared to earnings of $0.52 per diluted share on income of $9.4 million for third quarter of fiscal 2007. Net income was $12.8 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, compared to net income of $10.0 million, or $0.55 per diluted share for third quarter of fiscal 2007.
During the quarter, the Company sold the net assets of its Nano Instruments product line, which was based in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. As a result of the sale, the Company recorded a gain of $2.5 million, net of tax.
“We are very pleased with our financial performance for the quarter,” said Laura B. Hamilton, CEO. “Both Test and Sensors segments delivered growth in orders, revenue and income from operations, in line with our expectations. The results also include the divestiture of the Nano Instruments product line. This decision reflects our continuing focus on our core markets in which we have the best opportunities for market leadership and profitable growth.”
Hamilton continued, “Our third quarter results and an improved outlook for the fourth quarter supports a full year earnings per share range of $2.65 - $2.70. This compares to a previous range of $2.43 - 2.53 and includes $0.14 from the gain on the Nano sale. Revenue is expected to be in the mid to upper-end of the previously issued $455 - $465 million guidance range.”
Orders totaled $116.7 million, an increase of 6 percent compared to orders of $109.6 million for third quarter fiscal 2007, driven by growth across all geographies in the Sensors segment, as well as an estimated $7 million favorable impact from currency translation. Backlog decreased 1 percent to $243 million from $246 million in second quarter fiscal 2008.
Revenue was $116.9 million, an increase of 11 percent compared to $105.2 million for third quarter fiscal 2007. This increase was primarily attributable to higher custom business in the Test segment, continued growth in the Sensors segment and an estimated $7 million favorable impact from currency translation.
Gross profit was $47.2 million, an increase of 15 percent compared to $41.1 million for third quarter fiscal 2007. The gross margin rate was 40.4 percent, an increase of 1.3 percentage points compared to 39.1 percent in the prior year. The increase was driven by increased volume in both segments, partially offset by unfavorable product mix in the Test segment.
Income from operations totaled $14.8 million, an increase of 38 percent compared to income from operations of $10.7 million for third quarter fiscal 2007, as higher gross profit was partially offset by planned increases in sales and marketing expenditures.
Earnings from continuing operations increased 23 percent to $0.64 per diluted share on income of $11.0 million, from $0.52 per diluted share for third quarter of fiscal 2007 on income of $9.4 million. This increase was driven by higher income from continuing operations, partially offset by higher income tax expense of $2.0 million, and $0.7 million from unfavorable currency transaction losses. The higher income tax expense was driven by more significant tax benefits in fiscal 2007 than fiscal 2008, primarily resulting from research and development tax credits and export transactions. Reduced shares outstanding positively impacted earnings per share on income before discontinued operations by $0.03 for third quarter fiscal 2008. Net income totaled $12.8 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, an increase of 28 percent compared to net income of $10.0 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, for third quarter fiscal 2007.
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of third quarter fiscal 2008 totaled $119.9 million, compared to $129.4 million at the end of second quarter fiscal 2008. Cash flows from operations provided cash totaling $8.8 million, primarily due to earnings, partially offset by higher working capital requirements. During the quarter, the Company received $11.9 million from the sale of the Nano Instruments product line, and invested $1.9 million in capital expenditures. In addition, the Company purchased approximately 776,000 shares of common stock for $27.9 million.
Gross profit was $33.6 million, or 36.4 percent, compared to $30.5 million, or 35.6 percent for third quarter fiscal 2007. This increase was primarily due to higher volume, partially offset by unfavorable product mix. Income from operations was $10.3 million, an increase of 43 percent compared to income from operations of $7.2 million for third quarter fiscal 2007. The increase was primarily attributable to higher gross profit and lower research and development expense, partially offset by planned increases in sales and marketing expenditures.
Gross profit was $13.6 million, an increase of 28 percent compared to $10.6 million for third quarter fiscal 2007, primarily reflecting higher volume. Income from operations was $4.5 million, an increase of 29 percent compared to income from operations of $3.5 million for third quarter fiscal 2007, primarily due to higher gross profit, partially offset by planned increases in operating expenses.
Third Quarter Conference Call
A conference call will be held on July 24, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. EDT (9:00 a.m. CDT). Call +1-719-325-4828; and state the Conference passcode “5753494”. Telephone re-play will be available through July 31, 2008. Call +1-719-457-0820.
If you prefer to listen live over the Internet, please log on to the web at http://www.mts.com/news/financial_news.htm and click on the webcast event notice. The webcast will be archived through November 11, 2008.
About MTS Systems Corporation
MTS Systems Corporation is a leading global supplier of test systems and industrial position sensors. The Company’s testing hardware and software solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development, and manufacturing processes and are used for determining the mechanical behavior of materials, products, and structures. MTS’ high-performance position sensors provide controls for a variety of industrial and vehicular applications. MTS had 1,618 employees and revenue of $421 million for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2007. Additional information on MTS can be found on the worldwide web at http://www.mts.com
This release contains “forward-looking statements” made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions, that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results and those presently anticipated or projected. The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. In addition to the factors discussed above, other important risk factors are delineated in the Company’s most recent SEC Form 10-Q and 10-K filings.