SOURCE: Spirent Communications PLC

March 01, 2007 02:06 ET

Spirent Communications plc - Final Results

Crawley, UK -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 1, 2007 --

                    
                        SPIRENT COMMUNICATIONS PLC
                                        
            PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2006
London, UK - 1 March 2007 - Spirent Communications plc ("Spirent" or "the Group")

(LSE: SPT; NYSE: SPM), a leading communications technology company, today announces its preliminary results for its financial year ended 31 December 2006.

Highlights

   - Much improved performance for the second half year.

   - Markets were highly competitive partly as a result of consolidation
     amongst our largest customers.

   - Restructuring actions taken during the year with total annualised cost
     savings of £16 million at a total cost of £9.1 million.

   - 24 per cent of orders for Communications group in the final quarter of
     2006 came from new product platforms.


Performance Analysis

   - Overall performance reflects continued product transition:
       - Spirent TestCenter(TM) sales grew to £20 million (2005: £4 million).
       - Existing older platforms, SmartBits and AX, orders declined by £27
         million, 15 per cent of total Performance Analysis activity, to £48 
         million (2005: £75 million).
       - All other Broadband products and services grew.

   - Wireless continued to make good overall progress.


Service Assurance

   - Signed our first major contract with TELUS, a leading provider of data,
     IP and wireless solutions in Canada, to provide triple play service
     assurance solutions.


Financial

   - Four acquisitions made for a total initial consideration of £39.7
     million.
   - Goodwill impairment of £46.8 million in relation to Service Assurance
     and SwissQual.
   - Net funds at the year end of £106.1 million with £41.9 million returned
     to shareholders to date at an average price of 46.1 pence per share.


Board and management

   - New leadership at both Board level and in key operational positions:
    in-depth business review underway.


Anders Gustafsson, Chief Executive, commented:

"In 2006 Spirent delivered a much improved second half performance benefiting from growth in new product revenues and the restructuring actions undertaken.

"With new Board leadership and having made key operational appointments we are now undertaking an in-depth business review, the outcome of which will be reported before the AGM in May.

"Our performance in 2007 is expected to benefit from the investment in new and upgraded products and the acquisitions made last year and further progress beyond that will depend on the outcome of the business review. We are confident that our new products, led by Spirent TestCenter, will grow revenue and continue to gain market share although this will be offset by the decreasing revenue from our older products. With market conditions continuing to be similar to last year, we consequently expect only a modest growth in Performance Analysis revenues. In addition, should sterling continue its recent strength relative to the US dollar, our performance for 2007, particularly in Systems, will be held back."

Results

The adjusted profit and earnings per share measures have been restated to include share-based payment of £5.2 million (2005: £5.1 million) and intangible amortisation of £1.6 million (2005: nil).

£ million                                    2006      2005   Change %
-------------------------                -------------------- ----------

Reported
Continuing operations
Revenue                                     271.6     259.3           5
Loss before tax                             (50.1)    (41.7)
Basic loss per share (pence)                (5.51)    (3.97)
Group
Profit/(loss) for the year                  108.8     (24.5)
Basic earnings/(loss) per share (pence)     11.75     (2.62)
Adjusted
Continuing operations
Operating profit1                             8.3       6.4          30
Profit/(loss) before tax2                    14.3      (0.2)
Adjusted earnings/(loss)3 per share (pence)  1.41     (0.22)
-------------------------              ----------  ---------- ----------
Notes

1 Before material one-time items and goodwill impairment.

2 Before material one-time items, goodwill impairment, profit on the disposal of operations and costs associated with the repayment of loan notes.

3 Adjusted earnings/(loss) per share is based on adjusted earnings as set out in note 6.

                             - ends -


Enquiries
Anders Gustafsson, 
Chief Executive            Spirent Communications  +44 (0)1293 767676
                           plc

Eric Hutchinson, 
Chief Financial Officer

Reg Hoare/Libby Young     Smithfield              +44 (0)20 7360 4900


The Company will host a results presentation today at 09.15 for 09.30 UK time. A
   simultaneous webcast of the presentation will be available on the Spirent
                 Communications plc website at www.spirent.com.


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About Spirent Communications plc

Spirent Communications plc is a leading communications technology company focused on delivering innovative systems and services to meet the needs of customers worldwide. We are a global provider of performance analysis and service assurance solutions that enable the development and deployment of next-generation networking technologies such as broadband services, Internet telephony, 3G wireless and web applications and security testing. The Systems group develops power control systems for specialist electrical vehicles in the mobility and industrial markets. Further information about Spirent Communications plc can be found at www.spirent.com.

Spirent Communications plc Ordinary shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange (ticker: SPT) and on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker: SPM; CUSIP number: 84856M209) in the form of American Depositary Shares ("ADS"), represented by American Depositary Receipts, with one ADS representing four Ordinary shares.

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