IEC's Fiscal 1Q12 Revenue Up 18%


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IEC Electronics Corporation announced its unaudited results for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 ending December 30, 2011.

First quarter of fiscal 2012 highlights:

  • Q1 revenue increased 18% compared to Q1 2011;
  • Operating income decreased 51%;
  • EBITDA increased 16%; and
  • Q1 debt was reduced $1.3 million.

The company reported revenue of $33.8 million for the quarter, operating income of $954 thousand and net income of $948 thousand or $0.09 per diluted share. This compares to revenue in the prior year first quarter of $28.6 million, operating income of $1.96 million and net income of $1.05 million or $0.11 per diluted share.

W. Barry Gilbert, Chairman of the Board and CEO, stated, "While revenues were up for the entire company, earnings were down significantly from the prior quarter. Key sections of the company continue to perform quite well. We continue to increase our revenue and our organic growth was in line with our estimates at just over 12%. Our cash flow remains solid and we continue to reduce our debt. In that regard, since the acquisition of Southern California Braiding, Inc. (SCB) a year ago we have reduced our debt by $14 million.

"This was a difficult quarter for SCB. As previously discussed, funding associated with approved defense programs was delayed. That said, they are on important platforms including B1, F16, Apache, Predator, and Hunter. SCB is a great strategic addition, and we are confident that their near term performance will be rectified and margins and earnings growth are expected to be back on track in the second half of the year.

"SCB purchase documents contained a contingent consideration clause or clawback, for sales shortfall. In this quarter IEC is making a final adjustment to the purchase price of approximately $900 thousand, which is included in other income, for sales goals which were not met. Between last quarter and this quarter there was a total of approximately $2 million recognized in conjunction with the clawback."

IEC continues to view EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) as a useful measure of its operating performance because EBITDA eliminates the aberrations produced by, among other non-cash items, our net operating loss carryforward (NOL). It is the company's view this measure enables the investment community to better evaluate long-term profitability and cash flow being generated by the company. Q1 fiscal 2012 EBITDA was $2.8 million or $0.28 per share, which compares to $2.4 million or $0.25 per share for the first quarter fiscal 2011.

Gilbert concluded, "We are moving forward to build shareholder value via stronger customer relations across all of our markets. We thank you for your continued support."

About IEC Electronics

IEC Electronics Corporation is a premier provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS) to advanced technology companies primarily in the military and aerospace, medical, industrial, and computing sectors. The company specializes in the custom manufacture of high reliability, complex circuit cards, system level assemblies, a wide array of custom cable, and wire harness assemblies, and precision sheet metal products. As a full service EMS provider, IEC is a world-class ISO 9001:2008, AS9100 and ISO13485 certified company. The AS9100 certification enables IEC to serve the military and commercial aerospace markets. The ISO13485 certification supports the quality requirements of medical device markets. The company is also ITAR registered and NSA approved under the COMSEC standard. IEC Electronics is headquartered in Newark, New York (outside of Rochester) and also has operations in Victor, New York, Rochester, New York, Albuquerque, New Mexico and Bell Gardens, California. Additional information about IEC can be found on its web site at www.iec-electronics.com.

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