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Performance Technologies Announces Fourth Quarter 2009 Financial Results
Feb 04, 2010 (04:02 PM EST)

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Performance Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: PTIX), a leading provider of innovative network communications solutions, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter 2009.

Revenue in the fourth quarter 2009 amounted to $8.3 million, compared to $7.9 million in the third quarter 2009 and $9.1 million in the fourth quarter 2008.  Revenue for 2009 amounted to $29.5 million, compared to $40.5 million for 2008.

The Company incurred a net loss in the fourth quarter 2009 amounting to ($3.6 million), or ($.32) per basic share, based on 11.1 million shares outstanding.  During the fourth quarter 2009, the Company recognized a non-cash impairment charge of $4.3 million, or $.33 per share, with respect to goodwill and long-lived assets. This charge, required by generally accepted accounting principles, was identified in connection with the Company's annual impairment tests and is primarily the result of the Company's sustained low stock price and resulting market capitalization.  The fourth quarter loss also includes discrete income tax benefits of $.04 per share and stock compensation expense of $.01 per share.  Net income in the fourth quarter 2008 amounted to $.2 million, or $.02 per diluted share based on 11.4 million shares outstanding.  

The Company incurred a net loss for 2009 amounting to ($10.1 million), or ($.91) per basic share, based on 11.1 million shares outstanding.  This loss includes the non-cash goodwill and long-lived asset impairment charge of $.33 per share, a non-cash income tax charge against deferred tax assets amounting to $.30 per share, a restructuring charge of $.06 per share, discrete income tax benefits of $.06 per share and stock-based compensation expense of $.05 per share.  Net income for 2008 amounted to $1.7 million, or $.14 per diluted share including stock-based compensation expense of $.03 per share; unsuccessful acquisition expenses of $.02 per share; and a discrete income tax benefit of $.03 per share, based on 11.6 million shares outstanding.  

Cash and investments amounted to $29.3 million, or $2.64 per share, and the Company had no long-term debt at December 31, 2009.

The Company had 11.1 million common shares outstanding at December 31, 2009.  Under the Company's stock repurchase programs, .1 million shares of its common stock were repurchased for an aggregate purchase price of $.3 million during 2009.  

"We again saw sequential revenue growth in the fourth quarter and we were pleased that our financial results (excluding the impairment charge) exceeded the high end of our guidance," said John Slusser, president and chief executive officer.  "Still, 2009 represented the most challenging global business climate our Company has ever experienced.  Even considering this circumstance, we were not pleased with the Company's financial performance in 2009."

"From a more positive perspective, we took meaningful steps in 2009 to reduce our operating expenses without sacrificing the execution of our strategic plan," continued Mr. Slusser.  "As a result, we believe our Company is substantially better positioned today for sustainable, long-term growth as economic conditions improve.  The value proposition of our overall product portfolio has never been higher.  Furthermore, in the fourth quarter we began a hiring initiative in our sales and marketing organization which we believe will maximize the opportunity for return on our product portfolio investments."

Business Overview

The Company globally targets two primary vertical markets for its communications products, namely telecommunications and aerospace and defense.  The telecommunications market, historically our largest vertical market, is fundamentally driven by investments in network infrastructure by carriers and service providers.  Telecommunications market revenues derived from our OEM and application-ready systems products depend primarily on broad, multi-year deployments of next-generation telecommunications infrastructure.  Telecommunications market revenues generated from end user solutions, such as our signaling products, are governed by investments necessary to support existing and evolving service demands such as the ongoing worldwide explosive growth in text messaging.  Sales into the aerospace and defense market are typically to prime contractors and system integrators that reflect investment levels by various government agencies and military branches in specific programs and projects requiring enhanced communications capabilities.

Unlike many of its public company peers, the Company has traditionally offered forward guidance.  In the Company's past several quarterly earnings releases and associated conference calls, it has been noted that the limited visibility of orders caused by the current global economic conditions makes accurate quarterly forecasting very challenging.  The Company has decided that as it moves into 2010 it will be discontinuing providing quarterly guidance.  Our Board of Directors believes that increases in shareholder value will be the result of revenue and earnings growth.  Achieving this goal is what management will be focused on in 2010.

More in-depth discussions of the Company's strategy and financial performance can be found in the Company's periodic reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Performance Technologies (

Performance Technologies (Nasdaq: PTIX) is a global supplier of advanced network communications and control solutions to end users, application developers and original equipment manufacturers that serve mission critical telecommunications, aerospace and defense markets. The Company provides remotely manageable, IP-centric network elements specifically engineered for high availability, scalability, and long life cycle deployments. Its products are built upon its own U.S. manufactured hardware combined with the Company's NexusWare® Carrier Grade Linux® operating system and software development environment plus a broad suite of communications protocols and high availability middleware. Performance Technologies' product portfolio includes the SEGway™ suite of Signaling (SS7/SIP) Transfer Points, Signaling Gateways and Bridges, and its IPnexus® family of COTS-based application-ready systems, WAN gateways, and multi-protocol communications servers.

Performance Technologies maximizes the value proposition of its products by leveraging its field proven systems, software and hardware technologies developed over a twenty-eight year record of demonstrated innovation. A tightly integrated combination of these technologies results in measurable benefits to its customers through compelling return-on-investment and substantially accelerated time-to-market metrics. The Company is headquartered in Rochester, New York and maintains centers of engineering excellence in San Diego and San Luis Obispo, California, and Kanata, Ontario, Canada. It has sales and marketing offices in the U.S. in Raleigh, Chicago, Dallas, and San Jose and international offices in London, England and Shanghai, China.

Forward-Looking Statements

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for certain forward-looking statements.  This press release contains forward-looking statements which reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and financial performance, within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and is subject to the safe harbor provisions of those Sections.  The Company's future operating results are subject to various risks and uncertainties and could differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements and may be affected by various trends and factors which are beyond the Company's control.  These risks and uncertainties include, among other factors, business and economic conditions, rapid technological changes accompanied by frequent new product introductions, competitive pressures, dependence on key customers, inability to gauge order flows from customers, fluctuations in quarterly and annual results, the effects of pending or threatened litigation, the reliance on a limited number of third party suppliers, limitations of the Company's manufacturing capacity and arrangements, the protection of the Company's proprietary technology, the dependence on key personnel, changes in critical accounting estimates, potential impairments related to goodwill and investments, foreign regulations, and potential material weaknesses in internal control over financial reporting.  In addition, during weak or uncertain economic periods, customers' visibility deteriorates causing delays in the placement of their orders.  These factors often result in a substantial portion of the Company's revenue being derived from orders placed within a quarter and shipped in the final month of the same quarter.  Forward-looking statements should be read in conjunction with the audited Consolidated Financial Statements, the Notes thereto, Risk Factors, and Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations of the Company as of December 31, 2008, as contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


A conference call will be held on Friday, February 5, at 10:00 a.m., New York time, to discuss the results.  All institutional investors can participate in the conference by dialing (866) 250-5144 or (416) 849-6163. The call will be available simultaneously for all other investors at (866) 494-3387 or (416) 915-1198. A digital recording of this conference call may be accessed immediately after its completion from February 5 through February 9, 2010. To access the recording, participants should dial (866) 245-6755 or (416) 915-1035 using passcode 486875. A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Performance Technologies website at and will be archived to the site within two hours after the completion of the call.

                          CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                                              December 31,   December 31,
                                                 2009           2008
                                                 ----           ----
    Current assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents              $17,563,000    $29,218,000
      Investments                              7,293,000      2,450,000
      Accounts receivable                      6,542,000      6,677,000
      Inventories                              4,459,000      5,303,000
      Prepaid income taxes                        24,000        299,000
      Prepaid expenses and other assets          820,000        796,000
      Deferred taxes                             568,000      1,841,000
      Fair value of foreign currency hedges      201,000        107,000
                                              ----------     ----------
        Total current assets                  37,470,000     46,691,000
    Investments                                4,479,000      1,797,000
    Property, equipment and improvements       1,686,000      2,069,000
    Software development costs                 5,254,000      3,840,000
    Deferred taxes                                              778,000
    Goodwill                                                  4,143,000
                                              ----------     ----------
        Total assets                         $48,889,000    $59,318,000
                                             ===========    ===========
    Current liabilities:
      Accounts payable                        $1,013,000       $922,000
      Accrued expenses                         4,195,000      4,549,000
                                               ---------      ---------
        Total current liabilities              5,208,000      5,471,000
    Income taxes payable                          65,000        400,000
                                               ---------      ---------
        Total liabilities                      5,273,000      5,871,000
                                               ---------      ---------
    Stockholders' equity:
      Preferred stock
      Common stock                               133,000        133,000
      Additional paid-in capital              16,596,000     16,052,000
      Retained earnings                       36,577,000     46,689,000
      Accumulated other comprehensive income     128,000         73,000
      Treasury stock                          (9,818,000)    (9,500,000)
                                              ----------     ----------
        Total stockholders' equity            43,616,000     53,447,000
                                              ----------     ----------
        Total liabilities and 
         stockholders' equity                $48,889,000    $59,318,000
                                             ===========    ===========
                                  Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended
                                      December 31,           December 31,
                                  2009        2008        2009        2008
                                  ----        ----        ----        ----
    Sales                     $8,332,000  $9,130,000  $29,491,000 $40,517,000
    Cost of goods sold         3,887,000   3,890,000   13,793,000  17,765,000
                               ---------   ---------   ----------  ----------
    Gross profit               4,445,000   5,240,000   15,698,000  22,752,000
                               ---------   ---------   ----------  ----------
    Operating expenses:
      Selling and marketing    1,890,000   2,104,000    7,152,000   8,251,000
      Research and development 1,864,000   2,149,000    7,796,000   9,043,000
      General and 
       administrative          1,048,000   1,081,000    4,642,000   4,971,000
      Restructuring charges                               626,000
      Impairment of goodwill 
       and long-lived assets   4,278,000                4,278,000
                               ---------   ---------   ----------  ----------
        Total operating 
         expenses              9,080,000   5,334,000   24,494,000  22,265,000
                               ---------   ---------   ----------  ----------
    (Loss) income from 
      operations              (4,635,000)    (94,000)  (8,796,000)    487,000
    Other income, net            107,000     174,000      444,000     987,000
                               ---------   ---------   ----------  ----------
     (Loss) income before 
      income taxes            (4,528,000)     80,000   (8,352,000)  1,474,000
    Income tax (benefit) 
     provision                  (919,000)   (103,000)   1,760,000    (189,000)
                               ---------  ----------   ----------  ----------
    Net (loss) income        $(3,609,000)   $183,000 $(10,112,000) $1,663,000
                             ===========  ========== ============  ==========
    Basic (loss) earnings 
     per share                     $(.32)       $.02        $(.91)       $.14
                             ===========    ======== ============  ==========
    Weighted average common 
     shares                   11,116,000  11,419,000   11,130,000  11,601,000
                              ==========  ==========   ==========  ==========
    Diluted earnings 
     per share                                  $.02                     $.14
                                          ==========               ==========
    Weighted average common 
     and common equivalent
     shares                               11,419,000               11,611,000
                                          ==========               ==========

SOURCE Performance Technologies, Inc.