Brookings, S.D. Feb. 14, 2007 - Daktronics, Inc. (Nasdaq - DAKT) today reported fiscal 2007 third quarter net sales of $106.7 million and net income of $7.0 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared with fiscal 2006 third quarter net sales of $71.0 million and net income of $4.0 million, or $0.10 per diluted share. Backlog at the end of the fiscal 2007 third quarter was approximately $98.4 million, compared with a backlog of approximately $83.4 million at the end of third quarter of fiscal 2006.
Net sales, net income and earnings per share for the nine months ended January 27, 2007 were $322.4 million, $20.9 million and $0.51 per diluted share, respectively, compared to $219.2 million, $13.9 million and $0.34 per diluted share, respectively, for the same period one year ago.
"We are very pleased with our top and bottom line performance for the quarter," said Jim Morgan, president and chief executive officer. "We hit the mid-point of our revenue projection range, and gross profit margins exceeded 30%. With the reduction in backlog, we will be looking for strong order bookings in Q4. The reduction in backlog has the desirable effect of reducing our leadtimes, which is one of our stated goals and is welcomed by our customers and sales force. We would like to reduce our leadtimes further in the future especially for our standard products in both our sports and commercial markets."
Morgan continued, "As evidenced by our backlog, our ratio of orders to sales was less than expected, which we attribute to lower than expected orders in professional baseball and in the billboard niche. We are expecting orders in billboards and large sports venues, along with the other areas of our business, to be strong in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007, allowing for a strong start for the new fiscal year. Year to date orders are up more than 38%, and are up 30% or higher in all three of our major markets.
"Our capacity expansion continues to progress. Our Sioux Falls plant handled all of our digital billboard production this quarter. We are on track to begin phasing in production of our Galaxy product line in our new Redwood Falls, Minnesota plant, which we expect to be fully operational by the end of the fiscal year. We are continuing to pursue lean manufacturing aggressively in all of our facilities and are pleased with the progress to date," continued Morgan.
Morgan added, "Our gross profit margin exceeded our expectations primarily as a result of better than expected performance on a number of large projects, which was somewhat offset by the ongoing costs of ramping up capacity. We believe a gross profit margin of 30% is achievable in the fourth quarter, subject to the uncertainties of mix and timing of orders."
"Our free cash flow was less than expected for the quarter, which caused us to incur debt that we expect to reduce in the fourth quarter. This resulted from higher equipment costs in our manufacturing expansion, sales of demonstration equipment which was subsequently replaced, and greater costs incurred in building out the facilities in Sioux Falls and Brookings," said Bill Retterath, chief financial officer. "We also finished the quarter with higher than expected inventory levels in preparation for orders that have been delayed in booking."
Retterath added, "Our effective tax rate declined for the quarter as a result of recently passed legislation which reinstated research and development tax credits, retroactive to January 1, 2006. We expect that the effective rate in the fourth quarter will approximate 34%."
Morgan concluded, "We estimate net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 will be in the range of $106 to $118 million, with earnings in the range of $0.12 to $0.19 per share. These estimates are affected by the lower than expected level of orders in the third quarter. However, we are well positioned with capacity to respond quickly to opportunities that may arise during the fourth quarter that could impact these estimates.
The Company will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its financial results today at 10:00 am (Central Time). This call will be broadcast live at http://investor.daktronics.com and available for replay shortly after the event.
Daktronics has strong leadership positions in, and is one of the world's largest suppliers of, electronic scoreboards, computer-programmable displays, and large screen video displays and control systems. The company excels in the control of large display systems, including those that require integration of multiple complex displays showing real-time information, graphics, animation and video. Daktronics designs, manufactures, markets and services display systems for customers around the world in sport, business and transportation applications. For more information, visit the company's World Wide Web site at: http://www.daktronics.com, e-mail the company at email@example.com, call (605) 697-4000 or toll-free (800) 843-5843 in the United States or write to the company at 331 32nd Ave. PO Box 5128 Brookings, S.D. 57006-5128.
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