Press Release

Itron Announces Record Second Quarter Results

Jul 26, 2006 at 12:00 AM EDT

SPOKANE, WA. — July 26, 2006 — Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITRI), today reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2006. Highlights of the results include:

  • Record quarter and year-to-date revenues of $163.8 million and $319.4 million;
  • Automated Meter Reading (AMR) unit shipments in 2006 up 40% for the quarter and 58% year-to-date over 2005;
  • GAAP diluted EPS of 39 cents and 66 cents for the quarter and year-to-date in 2006 vs. 38 cents and 43 cents for the same periods in 2005;
  • Pro forma diluted EPS of 62 cents for the quarter and $1.20 year-to-date, an increase of 48% and 60% over the same periods in 2005;
  • Cash flow from operations of $56.8 million for the first six months of 2006, up from $36.6 million last year;
  • New order bookings of $313 million year-to-date in 2006, up 6% over 2005.
  • “We are excited about our results for both the quarter and six month periods,” said LeRoy Nosbaum, Chairman and CEO. “Our operating groups’ results are strong and once again we have achieved a record level of revenue and earnings, giving us confidence that our 2006 expectations are on track and that we are executing well on our business plans for the year. The economic drivers for Itron solutions remain strong and we are pleased with the level of industry-wide activity.”

    Revenues for the second quarter of 2006 were $163.8 million, 21% higher than second quarter 2005 revenues of $135.1 million. Revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2006 were $319.4 million, which reflects a 27% increase over revenues of $251.6 million in the first six months of 2005. The increased revenues in 2006 were primarily due to higher shipments of Itron AMR technology.

  • We shipped more than 2.3 million meters and modules with Itron AMR technology during the quarter compared with 1.7 million in the second quarter of 2005, a 40% increase. For the six month period ended June 30, 2006 we shipped over 4.7 million meters and modules with Itron AMR technology compared to 3.0 million during the same period last year, which reflects a 58% increase year over year.
  • Meter Data Collection (MDC) segment revenues of $60.1 million in the quarter were down slightly from $62.2 million in the second quarter of 2005. Year-to-date 2006 MDC revenues of $121.9 million were 9% higher than the $111.9 million year-to-date in 2005. Lower volumes of stand alone electric AMR modules were offset by increased shipments of gas AMR modules in 2006. Sales of stand alone electric AMR modules have decreased in 2006 as customers are purchasing new Itron electricity meters with embedded AMR technology. Revenues for this embedded AMR technology are reflected in Electricity Metering revenue.
  • Electricity Metering segment revenues were a record $88.5 million in the quarter compared with $60.6 million in the second quarter of 2005. For the six months ended June 30, Electricity Metering revenues were $168.8 million in 2006 compared with $114.7 million in 2005. The 46% and 47% respective increases in revenues were primarily driven by shipments of electricity meters with embedded AMR to Progress Energy. The Progress Energy contract, which calls for delivery of 2.7 million electricity meters with embedded AMR over approximately 15 months, was signed in the third quarter of 2005.
  • Software revenues were $15.2 million during the second quarter or 24% higher than $12.3 million in the comparable quarter of 2005. For the six months ended June 30, 2006, Software revenues of $28.7 million were 15% higher than 2005 revenues of $25.0 million. Software revenues have increased in 2006 primarily due to increased software license sales for a broad mix of products.
  • New order bookings for the quarter and year-to-date periods in 2006 were $107 million and $313 million, compared with $177 million and $294 million in 2005. Twelve month backlog, which represents the portion of backlog that will be earned over the next twelve months, was $225 million at June 30, 2006, compared with $151 million one year ago. Total backlog was $351 million at June 30, 2006, down 9% from the record backlog of $387 million at March 31, 2006, but up 44% from $243 million one year ago.

    Total company gross margins were 42% for the second quarter of 2006 and 2005 and 43% for the year-to-date periods in 2006 and 2005. Fluctuations in Hardware Solutions Operating Group gross margins in 2006, compared with 2005, were primarily due to changes in the mix of product sold and manufacturing volumes. Software Solutions gross margins increased in 2006, compared with 2005, due to a higher mix of software licenses.

    Pro forma operating income, which excludes intangible asset amortization expenses in both 2006 and 2005, restructuring charges in 2005 and SFAS 123® stock option compensation expense in 2006, was $27.1 million and $55.2 million, or 16.5% and 17.3% respectively of revenues for the three and six months ended June 30, 2006. Pro forma operating income in the second quarter and first six months of 2005 was $20.0 million and $35.9 million respectively, or 14.8% and 14.3% of revenues. The improved operating margin in 2006 reflects lower operating expenses as a percentage of revenues in almost all operating expense areas.

    GAAP net income was $10.2 million, or 39 cents per diluted share, for the current quarter, compared with net income of $9.3 million, or 38 cents per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2005. For the six months ended June 30, 2006, GAAP net income was $17.3 million, or 66 cents per diluted share, compared with $10.1 million, or 43 cents per diluted share for the same period in 2005. GAAP net income in the three and six month periods in 2005 included a $5.9 million tax benefit for additional research and development (R&D) credits for the years 1997 through 2004.

    On January 1, 2006, the Company adopted Statement of Financial Accounting Standard No. 123®, Share-Based Payment (SFAS 123 ®), which requires the expensing of share-based compensation. Total stock-based compensation in the quarter and year to date periods was $2.1 million and $4.1 million respectively, of which $1.8 million and $3.6 million was due to the adoption of SFAS 123® for our stock options.

    Pro forma net income was $16.4 million, or 62 cents per diluted share, for the current quarter and $31.5 million, or $1.20 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2006, compared with $10.4 million, or 42 cents per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2005 and $17.6 million or 75 cents per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2005. Pro forma net income excludes intangible asset and debt fee amortization expenses in 2005 and 2006, restructuring charges and the benefit of R&D tax credits in 2005 and SFAS 123® stock option compensation expenses in 2006.

    During the first six months of 2006 we prepaid in full our variable-rate term loan and a variable-rate real estate term loan, which had balances at December 31, 2005 of $24.7 million and $14.8 million, respectively. Additionally we prepaid in full $3.2 million in project financing debt. Interest expense for the three and six months ended June 30, 2006 decreased $3.8 million and $2.6 million compared with the same periods in 2005 due to the lower debt levels in 2006.

    We generated $56.8 million of cash from operations during the first six months of 2006 compared with $36.6 million in 2005. Capital expenditures were $14.4 million in the first six months of 2006 compared with $5.3 million in the first six months of 2005. The increase this year is primarily related to an enterprise software upgrade and capital improvements associated with our new headquarters building.

    EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization) was $28.8 million in the current quarter and $58.3 million in the first six months of 2006, compared with $23.9 million and $42.8 million in the comparable periods of 2005. Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the effect of non-cash stock option compensation expense in 2006, was $30.6 million for the three months and $61.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2006.

    Forward Looking Statements:
    This release contains forward-looking statements concerning our expectations about our operations, financial performance, sales, earnings and cash flow. These statements reflect our current plans and expectations and are based on information currently available. They rely on a number of assumptions and estimates, which could be inaccurate, and which are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to vary materially from those anticipated. Risks and uncertainties include the rate and timing of customer demand for the Company’s products, rescheduling of current customer orders, changes in estimated liabilities for product warranties, changes in laws and regulations, our dependence on new product development and intellectual property, future acquisitions, changes in estimates for stock based compensation and other factors which are more fully described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2005 on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Itron undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements, including our business outlook.

    Business Outlook:
    The outlook information provided below and elsewhere in this release is based on information available today and Itron assumes no obligation to update it. Our future performance involves risks and uncertainties.

    For the full year 2006, we expect:

  • Revenues between $625 and $635 million.
  • GAAP net income between $31 and $33 million.
  • Pro forma net income between $59 and $61 million, excluding approximately $9 million of pre-tax stock option compensation expenses and approximately $34 million of pre-tax intangible asset and debt fee amortization expenses.
  • Pro forma EPS between $2.25 and $2.30 per diluted share, which is based on an estimated 26.4 million in diluted shares.
  • Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes $9 million of stock option compensation expenses, between $118 and $120 million.
  • Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information:
    To supplement our consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, we use certain non-GAAP financial measures, including pro forma operating income, pro forma net income and EPS, and EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain expenses, gains and losses that may not be indicative of our core results and provides for consistency in our financial reporting. We provide these non-GAAP financial measures because we believe they provide greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making. Specifically, these non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance investors’ overall understanding of our current financial performance and our future anticipated performance. Non-GAAP performance measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Finally, our non-GAAP financial measures may be different from those reported by other companies. Reconciliations between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures are included in this press release.

    Earnings Conference Call:
    Itron will host a conference call to discuss the financial results contained in this release at 1:45 p.m. (PDT) on July 26, 2006. The call will be webcast in a listen only mode and can be accessed online at Itron’s Investor Events page. The live webcast will begin at 1:45 p.m. (PDT). The webcast replay will begin shortly after the conclusion of the live call and will be available for two weeks. A telephone replay of the call will also be available approximately one hour after the conclusion of the live call, for 48 hours, and is accessible by dialing (888) 203-1112 (Domestic) or (719) 457-0820 (International), entering passcode # 3682406.

    About Itron:
    Itron is a leading technology provider and critical source of knowledge to the global energy and water industries. Nearly 3,000 utilities worldwide rely on Itron technology to deliver the knowledge they require to optimize the delivery and use of energy and water. Itron delivers value to its clients by providing industry-leading solutions for electricity metering, meter data collection, energy information management, demand side management and response, load forecasting, analysis and consulting services, transmission and distribution system design and optimization, Web-based workforce automation, commercial and industrial customer care and residential energy management. To know more, start here: www.itron.com.

    For additional information, contact:
    Deloris Duquette
    Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
    (509) 891-3523
    deloris.duquette@itron.com

    Statements of operations, reconciliations between GAAP and non-GAAP results, segment information, balance sheets and cash flows follow.

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