Evertz Edges Out Street for F4Q10

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO: Evertz Technologies posted fiscal fourth-quarter profits beating analyst expectations. The broadcast equipment maker reported earnings of C$15.3 million (US$14.8 million at current exchange rates), or 21 Canadian cents a share, versus C$20.8 million, or 28 Canadian cents a share a year earlier.

Sales for the fiscal quarter ending April 30, 2010, totaled C$75.3 million (US$72.9 million), down C$2 million from F2409. Analysts predicted average earnings of 20 cents a share Canadian on revenues of C$65.6 million, according to Thomson Reuters.

North American sales were down C$13.5 million or 28 percent in the quarter compared to a year ago. International sales grew C$11.5 million or 41 percent.Gross margin for the quarter was C$43.4 million, down from C$47.7 million, a year ago. Selling and administrative expenses fell by C$1.6 million compared to the prior year.

Cash at the end of April totaled C$133.8 million versus C$81.4 million the year before. Long-term debt was C$2.7 million versus C$3.5 million.Order backlog at the end of May was more than C$30 million; May shipments were more than C$25 million.

Full fiscal-year profit was C$20.8 million (US$20 million) on revenues of C$286.5 million (US$277.4 million), versus C$100.7 million on revenues of C$315.9 million for fiscal 2009.Evertz declared a dividend of 8 Canadian cents a share payable July 23. Shares of Evertz (TSE: ET) have gained nearly 7 percent year-to-date to trade at C$14.44.

-- Deborah D. McAdams

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