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Frequency Electronics, Inc. Announces Fiscal Year 2017 Results

MITCHEL FIELD, N.Y., July 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Frequency Electronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:FEIM) reported revenues of $50.3 million for fiscal 2017, which ended April 30, 2017, compared to revenues of $55.4 million for fiscal 2016.  Operating loss for fiscal 2017 was $7.5 million compared to operating profit of $2.5 million for fiscal 2016.  Net loss for fiscal 2017 was $4.8 million or ($0.55) per diluted share compared to net income of $1.0 million or $0.11 per diluted share for fiscal 2016. Fiscal 2017 results include the effects of $4.9 million of one-time non-cash charges related to the Company's previously reported phase out from its wire-line network infrastructure business.

It is no secret that the satellite industry has been facing stiff headwinds.  As a result, various levels of the supply chain have suffered and remain challenged today.  Over the past two years our major customers have seen certain parts of their satellite business decline by half.  Some of this decline is cyclical in nature, while a portion is driven by technological innovation that, while ultimately of benefit to FEI, in the near term is merely a contributor to further delays in revenue.  FEI's satellite payload business has encountered negatively impacted revenue and bookings in the most recent quarters, however, we have taken aggressive action internally to mitigate the financial impact of the end market weakness while positioning the Company to maximize value in the future.  Moreover, our most recent results in FEI-NY are not indicative of the going forward potential of that business area and do not tell the whole story of Frequency Electronics.

Our largest customers in FEI's satellite business still indicate an improving outlook for the balance of calendar 2017 and into 2018, suggesting a potential for an upturn in contract awards that would manifest in accelerating bookings and revenue for FEI.

Additionally, this past year, FEI-Zyfer achieved strong revenue growth of over 20% driven by traction in our secure communications business, a key driver of the future value of Frequency as a whole.  As we have articulated in the past, the addressable opportunity in secure communications is vast and dovetails well with our engineering capabilities and proven expertise in GPS applications. FEI's expertise in precision time technology is key to success in this market.

We believe the long-term prospects of Frequency Electronics are bright.  We are optimistic that the cyclical downturn in the satellite payload business has run its course and that FEI will begin to reap more than its fair share of the overdue recovery.  Secure communications will prove to be a forceful driver of future revenue and profitability for the Company.

With that said we are not standing idly by and waiting for business to walk in the door.  Management has taken and will continue to take aggressive action to best position the company to maximize value for our shareholders.  As detailed below, we have initiated certain actions internally to optimize the operations and the balance sheet assets.

Internal Restructuring Initiatives

Inventory
In the most recent quarter we took the following actions to better position FEI for future value creation—

  1. $4.9 million of inventory reserves at FEI-Zyfer related to the Company's phase out of the wire-line, predominately copper, network infrastructure business area and the intended sale of its Gillam-FEI ("Gillam") subsidiary.   
  2. $2 million of inventory reserves at FEI-NY

The above reserves have been recorded in cost of goods sold. 

Gillam
As previously announced, we are actively working to effect a sale of FEI's Gillam subsidiary to an external buyer.  Gillam is being reported as a "held for sale/ discontinued operation".  The Company anticipates concluding the disposition of its interest in Gillam by the end of this fiscal 2018.

The results of Gillam for fiscal years ended April 30, 2017 and 2016, are presented as discontinued operations herewith and in our Consolidated Balance Sheets and Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive (Loss) Income included in the Company's 10-K to be filed for fiscal 2017.

FEI-Elcom
We are working to consolidate certain of FEI-Elcom's capabilities with other FEI-NY operations in an effort to reduce costs and improve working capital management.  This should have the collateral benefit of providing engineering efficiencies and better customer coverage.

FEI-NY Cost Reduction & Inventory Management Initiatives
We continue to right-size the FEI-NY subsidiary in response to the end market weakness while at the same time best positioning FEI to capture the eventual recovery in business.  Although these actions include headcount reductions, we have taken steps to ensure that these reductions will have no effect on the Company's ability to provide on time delivery for present contractual obligations and to fully achieve its internal research and development objectives. We are also in the process of implementing a variety of improved operating disciplines designed to optimize the organization and better position the Company to generate larger margins and enhanced inventory turns when our satellite end markets recover.

The above initiatives are beginning to take effect at this time and will continue to roll out during the balance of the current and next fiscal year.  Cost reductions already put in place during this past year permitted the Company to generate positive cash flow from operations for fiscal 2017 despite the large cyclical decline in satellite business.  While it is difficult to provide a precise estimate due to the variability of the revenue line, we are targeting over $5 million of additional cost reductions during fiscal 2018.

Fiscal 2017 Selected Financial Metrics and Other Items:

Investor Conference Call

As previously announced, the Company will hold a conference call to discuss these results on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 4:30 PM Eastern Time.  Investors and analysts may access the call by dialing 1-877-407-9205.  International callers may dial 1-201-689-8054.  Ask for the Frequency Electronics conference call.  

The call will be archived on the Company's website through October 27, 2017.  The archived call may also be retrieved at 1-877-481-4010 (domestic), or 1-919-882-2331 (international), using Conference ID #13667787

About Frequency Electronics

Frequency Electronics, Inc. is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of high precision timing, frequency control and synchronization products for space and terrestrial applications.  Frequency's products are used in satellite payloads and in other commercial, government and military systems including C4ISR and EW markets, missiles, UAVs, aircraft, GPS, secure radios, energy exploration and wireline and wireless communication networks. Frequency has received over 100 awards of excellence for achievements in providing high performance electronic assemblies for over 150 space and DOD programs. The Company invests significant resources in research and development and strategic acquisitions world-wide to expand its capabilities and markets.  

Frequency's Mission Statement: "Our mission is to provide precision time and low phase noise frequency generation systems from 1 Hz to 46 GHz, for space and other challenging environments."

Subsidiaries and Affiliates: FEI-Zyfer provides GPS and secure timing ("SAASM") capabilities for critical military and commercial applications; FEI-Elcom Tech provides sub-systems for the Electronic Warfare ("EW") and added resources for state-of-the-art RF microwave products, FEI-Asia provides cost effective manufacturing capabilities.  Frequency's Morion affiliate supplies high-quality, cost effective oscillators and components.  Additional information is available on the Company's website: www.frequencyelectronics.com

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

The Statements in this press release regarding the future constitute "forward-looking" statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements.  Factors that would cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, inability to integrate operations and personnel, actions by significant customers or competitors, general domestic and international economic conditions, consumer spending trends, reliance on key customers, continued acceptance of the Company's products in the marketplace, competitive factors, new products and technological changes, product prices and raw material costs, dependence upon third-party vendors, competitive developments, changes in manufacturing and transportation costs, the availability of capital, and other risks detailed in the Company's periodic report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  By making these forward-looking statements, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release.


Frequency Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
       
  Year Ended 
April 30,
 
  2017   2016 
  (unaudited)  (unaudited) 
 (in thousands except per share data) 
Revenues$50,351 $55,416 
Cost of Revenues  39,102  36,141 
Gross Margin 11,249  19,275 
Selling and Administrative 11,898  11,379 
Research and Development   6,876    5,428 
Operating (Loss) Profit (7,525) 2,468 
Interest and Other, Net   486    806 
(Loss)Income before Income Taxes (7,039) 3,274 
Income Tax (Benefit) Provision   (2,115)   1,070 
Net (Loss) Income from continuing operations (4,924) 2,204 
Income (Loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax    103     (1,199)
Net (Loss) Income$  (4,821)$  1,005 
       
Net (loss) Income per Share:      
Basic (loss) earnings from continued  operations$(0.56)$0.25 
Basic earnings (loss) from discontinued
operations
$0.01 $(0.13)
Basic (loss) earnings per share$(0.55)$0.12 
Diluted (loss) earnings from continued
operations
$(0.56)$0.24 
Diluted earnings (loss) from discontinued operations$0.01 $(0.13)
Diluted (loss) earnings per share$(0.55)$0.11 
Average Shares Outstanding      
Basic 8,787  8,728 
Diluted 8,787  8,937 

                                                                 

Frequency Electronics, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
      
  April 30, 
2017
  April 30,
2016
  (unaudited)  (unaudited)
 (in thousands)
ASSETS     
Cash & Marketable Securities$9,978 $16,929
Accounts Receivable 10,986  7,166
Costs and Estimated Earnings  
in Excess of Billings, net 7,964  12,377
Inventories 29,051  36,280
Other Current Assets 3,711  4,272
Current Assets Held for Sale 8,165  8,838
Property, Plant & Equipment 14,813  12,314
Other Assets 28,082  23,229
Non-Current Assets Held for Sale 569  772
 $113,319 $122,177
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY     
Current Liabilities$5,862 $7,644
Current Liabilities Held for Sale 2,249  2,664
Long-term Debt -  6,000
Other Long-term Obligations 14,661  11,876
Non-Current Liabilities Held for Sale 1,215  641
Stockholders' Equity 89,332  93,352
 $113,319 $122,177

 

Contact information: Martin Bloch, President, Chief Executive Officer: 
TELEPHONE:	(516) 794-4500    	   
WEBSITE: www.frequencyelectronics.com

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