May 07, 2008 09:34 ET

CSP Inc. Announces Second-Quarter Fiscal 2008 Financial Results

BILLERICA, MA--(Marketwire - May 7, 2008) - CSP Inc. (NASDAQ: CSPI), a provider of IT solutions, systems integration services and dense cluster computing systems, today reported financial results for the three and six months ended March 31, 2008.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2008, CSP Inc. sales increased to $21.6 million from $18.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2007. Net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2008 was $189,000, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared with net income of $255,000, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2007.

For the first six months of fiscal 2008, CSP Inc. sales were $39.6 million compared with $39.9 million in the first six months of fiscal 2007. Net loss for the fiscal 2008 six-month period was $70 thousand, or $0.02 per share, compared with net income of $1.2 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, for the fiscal 2007 six-month period.

The company's cash and short-term investments were $11.2 million as of March 31, 2008 compared with $21.4 million as of year ended September 30, 2007. This decrease was the caused by two factors. First, during the quarter, the Company reclassified $4.8 million in short-term auction rate securities to long-term investments. These auction rate securities were issued by state organizations and are collateralized by student loans, for which repayment is substantially guaranteed by the U.S. government under the Federal Family Education Loan Program ("FFELP") or the MBIA Insurance Corporation. All of our auction rate securities are currently rated Aaa by Moody's, AAA by Standard & Poor's and/or AAA by Fitch, which are the highest ratings issued by each respective rating agency. CSP retained $2.0 million of auction rate securities in short-term investments because we expect these securities to be redeemed shortly. The Company has not recorded, nor does it expect to record, an impairment for its auction rate securities. CSP recorded $67 thousand in Other Income that was derived primarily from interest income due in part to the "penalty rates" related to these auction rate securities.

In addition to the transfer of $4.8 million to non-current investments, the Company's receivables increased by $6.2 million as a result of the timing of shipments at the close of the quarter.

Management Comments

"CSP Inc. achieved 15% year-over-year sales growth primarily due to the strength of its Service and Systems Integration business," stated Alexander R. Lupinetti, CSP chairman and chief executive officer. "The investments that we have made in this business are paying excellent dividends. We returned to profitability in the quarter, although the bottom-line year-over-year comparison was affected by sales mix as the year-ago quarter included a greater amount of high-margin Systems business."

"As we have stated previously, the current military conflicts have shifted priorities away from strategic programs and have tempered our expectations for our Systems business for the near term," said Lupinetti. "For fiscal 2008, we expect to report revenue from a number of smaller multicomputer contracts rather than the large contracts that we have received in the past. As a result of some contract delays earlier in the fiscal year, we anticipate that our Systems business will report improved results in the second half of the year compared with the first half."

"Our Service and Systems Integration German subsidiary continued to report excellent results," said Lupinetti. "The Lifecycle Management, Archiving and Network Migration professional consulting practice we initiated last year has performed very well, with our consultants fully utilized at premium rates. Our security practice also continues to drive growth for our German subsidiary. Greater awareness for the need for security solutions and the scarcity of consulting talent in this area is creating strong demand for our expertise."

"MODCOMP's U.S.-based Systems and Solutions Division (SSD), which provides IT infrastructure solutions, also performed well in the quarter," added Lupinetti. "Our initiative to bolster our staff at this division to capitalize on demand has been very successful, and has resulted in a measurable increase in sales. Our U.K. operation continues to report profitable growth as a result of the restructuring program we completed in the third quarter of last year.

"We believe that we will continue to see a healthy demand environment across our Service and Systems Integration business in the second half of the year. We expect that our utilization rates and pricing will remain strong in Germany, and that our expanded sales force at the Systems & Solution Division will continue to grow our revenue in the U.S."

Safe Harbor

The Company wishes to take advantage of the "Safe Harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to statements that may be deemed to be forward-looking under the Act. Such forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, its expectation that it will not record an impairment for its auction rate securities, the strong demand environment for MODCOMP's SSD and Germany subsidiary, continued high utilization rates, profitability of MODCOMP's U.K. subsidiary, improved performance for the Systems business in the second half of the year, and expectations that the Company will receive smaller Systems contracts. The Company cautions that numerous factors could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements made by the Company. Such risks include general economic conditions, market factors, competitive factors and pricing pressures, and others described in the Company's filings with the SEC. Please refer to the section on forward-looking statements included in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About CSP Inc.

Based in Billerica, Massachusetts and founded in 1968, CSP Inc. and its subsidiaries develop and market best-of-breed IT solutions, systems integration services, and high-performance computer systems. CSP's Systems segment includes the MultiComputer Division, which supplies high-performance Linux cluster systems for a broad array of defense applications, including radar, sonar and surveillance signal processing. The Company's MODCOMP, Inc. subsidiary, also part of its Service and Systems Integration segment founded in 1970, is a leading provider of IT solutions and systems integration services. MODCOMP works with third parties to develop customized solutions in the global IT markets and has offices in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. More information about CSP is available on the company's website at To learn more about MODCOMP, Inc., consult

                        CSP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                          (Amounts in thousands)

                                                  March 31,   September 30,
                                                    2008          2007
                                                ------------- -------------
Current assets:
  Cash and short-term investments               $      11,152 $      21,377
  Accounts receivable, net                             16,861        10,678
  Inventories                                           5,983         6,072
  Other current assets                                  2,199         1,843
                                                ------------- -------------
    Total current assets                               36,195        39,970
Non current investments                                 4,800            --
Property, equipment and improvements, net               1,051         1,044
Other assets                                            5,528         5,427
Total assets                                    $      47,574 $      46,441
                                                ============= =============

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Current liabilities                             $      13,919 $      13,860
Pension and retirement plans                            7,231         6,859
Deferred income taxes                                     432           388
Non-current liabilities                                   260            --
Shareholders' equity                                   25,732        25,334
                                                ------------- -------------
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity      $      47,574 $      46,441
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                        CSP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
              (Amounts in thousands, except per share data )

                                    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
                                    March 31  March 31  March 31  March 31
                                      2008      2007      2008      2007
                                    --------- --------- --------  ---------
  Product                           $  17,294 $  15,422 $ 31,524  $  33,058
  Service                               4,321     3,396    8,030      6,891
                                    --------- --------- --------  ---------
        Total sales                    21,615    18,818   39,554     39,949

Cost of sales:
  Product                              14,144    12,219   25,907     25,380
  Service                               3,333     2,439    6,135      4,726
                                    --------- --------- --------  ---------
       Total cost of sales             17,477    14,658   32,042     30,106
  Gross Profit                          4,138     4,160    7,512      9,843
Operating expenses:
  Engineering and development             538       628    1,179      1,173
  Selling, general & administrative     3,500     3,173    6,762      6,555
                                    --------- --------- --------  ---------

       Total operating expenses         4,038     3,801    7,941      7,728
Operating income (loss)                   100       359     (429)     2,115
Other income, net                         211       101      342        170
                                    --------- --------- --------  ---------
Income before income taxes                311       460      (87)     2,285
  Provision for income taxes              122       205      (17)     1,052
                                    --------- --------- --------  ---------
Net income (loss)                   $     189 $     255 ($    70) $   1,233
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Net income(loss) per share - basic  $    0.05 $    0.07 ($  0.02) $    0.33
                                    ========= ========= ========  =========
Weighted average shares outstanding
 - basic                                3,792     3,748    3,797      3,737
                                    ========= ========= ========  =========

Net income (loss) per share -
 diluted                            $    0.05 $    0.07 ($  0.02) $    0.32
                                    ========= ========= ========  =========

Weighted average shares outstanding
 - diluted                              3,847     3,917    3,797      3,905
                                    ========= ========= ========  =========

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Gary Levine
    Chief Financial Officer
    CSP Inc.
    Tel: 978.663.7598 ext. 1200
    Fax: 978.663.0150