LRAD CORPORATION REPORTS RECORD REVENUES AND
PROFITABLE RESULTS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010
Company Reports Net Income of $0.10 Per Share and
Over $13 Million in 12-Month Order Backlog
Strong Revenue Growth Forecast for Fiscal 2011
SAN DIEGO, CA, December 1, 2010 – LRAD Corporation (NASDAQ: LRAD), the global leader in acoustic hailing devices (AHDs), today reported record revenues of $16.7 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2010. The reported record revenues did not include $607,000 in fiscal year 2010 HSS® product sales that are accounted for in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K (filed today) as discontinued operations due to the September 27, 2010 spinoff of the HSS technology business to Parametric Sound Corporation.
In addition to record fiscal year revenues, accomplishments in fiscal 2010 included:
- Achieved profitability for the first time in the Company’s history.
- Recorded a fourth consecutive fiscal year of record LRAD® systems and services revenues.
- Achieved record Company revenues for the third straight fiscal year and achieved positive cash flow from operations.
- Awarded a $6.6 million contract from the U.S. Navy for the Shipboard Protection System (“SPS") Block 2 in a competitive bid. This award is in addition to the $5.0 million contract the Company won in fiscal 2007 for the SPS Block 0, against which the Company is still receiving orders.
- Awarded a $17.6 million LRAD systems and services contract, of which $12.1 million in LRAD systems is scheduled for delivery to a military service of a foreign government before March 31, 2011.
- Introduced two enhancements to the Company’s product line, the LRAD 300XiTM and LRAD 1000XiTM. These systems have fully integrated electronics and offer end users a flexible option to the remotely controlled LRAD 300XTM and LRAD 1000XTM.
- Managed the balance sheet and controlled expenses while investing in new product development and markets.
Revenues from continuing operations for fiscal year 2010 increased 10% to $16.7 million, compared to $15.2 million for fiscal year 2009.
Gross profit for fiscal 2010 was $9.2 million or 55% of revenues, compared to $7.4 million, or 49% of revenues for fiscal 2009. The gross profit margin was favorably affected by increased LRAD system shipments and reduced product costs.
Operating expenses for fiscal 2010 decreased 13% to $6.7 million, compared to $7.7 million in fiscal 2009. The decrease was primarily due to a $607,000 reduction in non-cash share-based compensation costs, a $355,000 decrease in commission expense due to lower commissionable sales, and an $85,000 reduction in professional services, offset by a $65,000 increase in product development expense.
Net income from continuing operations for fiscal 2010 was $3.0 million, or $0.10 per share, compared to a net loss of $376,000, or $(0.01) per share, for fiscal 2009. Net income for fiscal 2010 included a $748,000 unrealized gain on derivative revaluation and a $167,000 provision for income taxes. The profitable results were due primarily to increased sales of the Company's higher margin LRAD-X® products and systems and reduced operating expenses. In addition, the Company recognized net losses from discontinued operations of $49,000 and $667,000 for the fiscal years ended September 2010 and 2009, respectively from the HSS technology business.
“We anticipate record first half and full year fiscal 2011 revenues and a fifth consecutive year of double digit LRAD sales growth," Brown concluded. “We'll discuss our fiscal year 2010 financial results and some of our fiscal 2011 LRAD business prospects during our December 2nd conference call."
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About LRAD Corporation
LRAD Corporation’s Long Range Acoustic Device® (LRAD®) directional sound systems are being used around the world in diverse applications including, fixed and mobile military deployments, maritime security, critical infrastructure and perimeter security, commercial security, border and port security, law enforcement and emergency responder communications, and wildlife preservation and control. For more information about LRAD Corporation and its long-range directional sound systems, please visit the company’s web site at http://www.lradx.com/.
Forward-looking Statements: Except for historical information contained herein, the matters discussed are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. You should not place undue reliance on these statements. We base these statements on particular assumptions that we have made in light of our industry experience, the stage of product and market development as well as our perception of historical trends, current market conditions, current economic data, expected future developments and other factors that we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested in the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, the performance of our management team, market acceptance of our directed sound technologies and products, entry of competitors, the possibility our intellectual property protections will not prevent others from marketing products similar to or competitive with our products, potential technical or manufacturing difficulties that could delay product deliveries or increase warranty costs, and other risks identified and discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are based on information and management's expectations as of the date hereof. Future results may differ materially from our current expectations. For more information regarding other potential risks and uncertainties, see the "Risk Factors" section of the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2010. LRAD Corporation disclaims any intent or obligation to update those forward-looking statements, except as otherwise specifically stated.
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