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Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Announces Results for Fiscal 2018 Fourth Quarter and Full Year and Provides Fiscal 2019 Guidance

September 26, 2018

MELVILLE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 26, 2018--September 26, 2018-– Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (NASDAQ: CMTL) today reported its operating results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended July 31, 2018. The Company also announced financial targets for its 2019 fiscal year.

2018 Fourth Quarter Highlights

Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 were $167.4 million as compared to the $147.8 million achieved during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Bookings during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 were $214.4 million, with a company-wide book-to-bill ratio (a measure defined as bookings divided by net sales) of 1.28. Comtech received a number of strategic contracts and orders, including: (i) $44.8 million of orders to supply the U.S. Army with advanced VSAT equipment; (ii) a $31.0 million order to supply its Modular Transportable Transmission System troposcatter terminals to a foreign subsidiary of a U.S. based top-tier prime contractor; (iii) an award of over $20.0 million from a systems integrator for its new high-frequency amplifier products to support high-speed satellite networks; (iv) $16.6 million of orders to provide ongoing sustainment services for the U.S. Army’s “SNAP” mobile satellite communications program; and (v) multi-year contract renewals worth $14.2 million for various SMS text messaging solutions. GAAP operating income was $16.0 million and GAAP net income was $7.5 million, or $0.31 per diluted share. GAAP net income was negatively impacted by a net discrete tax expense of $2.3 million, or $0.09 per diluted share (“Tax Expense”), primarily due to updated estimates of the impact of H.R.1, also known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“Tax Reform”). Excluding the $2.3 million of Tax Expense, GAAP net income would have been $9.7 million, or $0.40 per diluted share. Adjusted EBITDA was $30.7 million. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure which is reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure and is more fully defined in the below table. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company generated cash flows from operating activities of $19.7 million and reduced the level of its total indebtedness by $15.0 million. Total indebtedness as of July 31, 2018 was $171.3 million (excluding deferred financing fees) and its current cash borrowing rate is approximately 4.5%. As of July 31, 2018, the Company had $43.5 million of cash and cash equivalents.

2018 Fiscal Year Highlights

Fiscal 2018 was the third consecutive year of revenue growth. Net sales for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2018 were $570.6 million as compared to the $550.4 million achieved during fiscal 2017. Backlog as of July 31, 2018 reflects a record high of $630.7 million. Backlog does not include the portions of multi-year contracts that have not been funded. As such, the total value of multi-year contracts that Comtech has received is substantially higher. Bookings during fiscal 2018 were $755.1 million, with a company-wide book-to-bill ratio of 1.32. GAAP operating income was $35.1 million and GAAP net income was $29.8 million, or $1.24 per diluted share. GAAP net income includes a full year net discrete tax benefit of $11.8 million, or $0.49 per diluted share (“Tax Gain”), primarily due to Tax Reform. Excluding the Tax Gain, GAAP net income would have been $18.0 million or $0.75 per diluted share. Adjusted EBITDA was $78.4 million for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2018 as compared to the $70.7 million achieved during fiscal 2017. During the fiscal year ended July 31, 2018, the Company generated cash flows from operating activities of $50.3 million and reduced the level of its total indebtedness by $29.2 million.

In commenting on the Company’s performance, Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, noted “I could not be more pleased with our fourth quarter and fiscal 2018 performance. We enter fiscal 2019 with a record high backlog and strong business momentum in each of our two operating segments. I believe we are well-positioned for fiscal 2019 to be another successful year.”

2019 Fiscal Year Financial Targets

Looking forward, the Company believes that fiscal 2019 will be even better and have established the following consolidated financial targets:

Net sales goal with a range of approximately $600.0 million to $625.0 million. Consolidated fiscal 2019 book-to-bill ratio expected to be in excess of 1.0. GAAP operating income, as a percentage of net sales, expected to be higher than the 5.9% that Comtech achieved in fiscal 2018 when excluding the $1.7 million of favorable adjustments described in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K. The Company’s effective income tax rate (excluding discrete tax items in fiscal 2019) is expected to approximate 23.25% and reflects the full year benefit of the reduced U.S. statutory income tax rate resulting from Tax Reform. GAAP diluted EPS goal with a range of approximately $0.89 to $1.10. Adjusted EBITDA goal in a range of approximately $80.0 million to $86.0 million.

Comparable to Comtech’s business cycle for the past several years, financial performance in the second half of fiscal 2019 is expected to be higher than the first half of fiscal 2019. In addition, given the straight-line amortization expense associated with intangible assets with finite lives, the Company expects to report GAAP operating income slightly above break-even in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, with each of the remaining fiscal 2019 quarters achieving GAAP operating income. Comtech’s GAAP operating income and Adjusted EBITDA in its first quarter of fiscal 2019 are expected to be a bit better than the amounts it achieved in the first quarter of fiscal 2018. After considering the impact of expected fiscal 2019 interest expense and income taxes, like in fiscal 2018, the Company expects to report a slight GAAP net loss in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and GAAP net income for the remainder of the year.

In addition, based on the anticipated timing of shipments and performance related to orders currently in the Company’s backlog and the timing of expected new orders, net sales and Adjusted EBITDA for each of its first three quarters of fiscal 2019 are expected to be a bit better when compared to the respective quarters of fiscal 2018. The Company’s fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 is expected to be the peak quarter, by far, for consolidated net sales, operating income and Adjusted EBITDA.

The Company’s revenue goal reflects the adoption of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Accounting Standards Codification Topic 606 - “Revenue from Contracts with Customers, ” the impact of which was not material. Although the amount and timing of orders are difficult to predict, the Company expects to receive at least one additional order for its Blue Force Tracker-2 High Capacity (“BFT-2-HC”) mobile satellite transceivers in fiscal 2019. If the Company receives and can ship multiple or very large orders for its BFT-2-HC mobile satellite transceivers, actual fiscal 2019 net sales, operating income and Adjusted EBITDA could ultimately be higher.

Additional information about the Company’s fiscal 2019 guidance is included in the Company’s fourth quarter investor presentation which is located on the Company’s website at www.comtechtel.com.

Conference Call

The Company has scheduled an investor conference call for 8:30 AM (ET) on Thursday, September 27, 2018. Investors and the public are invited to access a live webcast of the conference call from the Investor Relations section of the Comtech website at www.comtechtel.com. Alternatively, investors can access the conference call by dialing (877) 876-9174 (domestic), or (785) 424-1672 (international) and using the conference I.D. “Comtech.” A replay of the conference call will be available for seven days by dialing (800) 753-4652 or (402) 220-4235. In addition, an updated investor presentation, including earnings guidance, is available on the Company’s website.

About Comtech

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. designs, develops, produces and markets innovative products, systems and services for advanced communications solutions. The Company sells products to a diverse customer base in the global commercial and government communications markets.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information in this press release contains forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, information relating to the Company’s future performance and financial condition, plans and objectives of the Company’s management and the Company’s assumptions regarding such future performance, financial condition, and plans and objectives that involve certain significant known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors not under the Company’s control which may cause its actual results, future performance and financial condition, and achievement of plans and objectives of the Company’s management to be materially different from the results, performance or other expectations implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, among other things: the risk that the Company will be unsuccessful in implementing a tactical shift in its Government Solutions segment away from bidding on large commodity service contracts and toward pursuing contracts for its niche products with higher margins; the nature and timing of receipt of, and the Company’s performance on, new or existing orders that can cause significant fluctuations in net sales and operating results; the timing and funding of government contracts; adjustments to gross profits on long-term contracts; risks associated with international sales; rapid technological change; evolving industry standards; new product announcements and enhancements, including the risks associated with the Company’s recent launch of Heights TM Dynamic Network Access Technology (“HEIGHTS” or “HDNA”); changing customer demands and or procurement strategies; changes in prevailing economic and political conditions; changes in the price of oil in global markets; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; risks associated with the Company’s and TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.’s (“TCS”) legacy legal proceedings, customer claims for indemnification and other similar matters; risks associated with the Company’s obligations under its Secured Credit Facility, as amended; risks associated with the Company’s large contracts; the impact of H.R.1, also known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“Tax Reform”), which was enacted in December 2017 in the U.S.; and other factors described in this and the Company’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures (Unaudited)

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

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