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CalAmp Reports FY 2005 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results; Company Achieves Record FY 2005 Revenue of $220 Million Driven by 61% Increase in the Fourth Quarter

05/05/05

OXNARD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 5, 2005--CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP), a leading provider of wireless solutions, today reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February 28, 2005.

Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2005 Results

Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 was $67.1 million, compared to $41.6 million for the fourth quarter of last year. Net income for the fiscal 2005 fourth quarter was $3.2 million or $0.14 per diluted share, compared to net income of $3.0 million, or $0.18 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of last year. The effective income tax rate was 36.1% in the latest quarter compared to negative 1.2% in the fourth quarter of last year.

For the year ended February 28, 2005 revenue was $220.0 million, compared to $128.6 million in the prior year. Net income during fiscal 2005 was $8.1 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, versus net income of $5.7 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, in the comparable period last year. Net cash provided by operating activities for fiscal 2005 was $12.5 million, compared to $6.1 million in fiscal 2004.

Fred Sturm, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are very pleased with our Products Division's performance, which generated over $60 million in revenues during the fourth quarter, up 19% on a sequential quarter basis and 50% year-over-year. Customer demand for satellite products was robust during the latest quarter, as we ramped up shipments of two new products introduced in the prior quarter to support our customers' multi-satellite and digital video recorder service offerings. It should be noted that the customer order rate for our satellite products slowed significantly in our fiscal 2006 first quarter, as our key customers began adjusting their inventory holding levels. We believe this is a temporary situation, and does not in our judgment represent a fundamental shift either in our market share or the DBS industry as a whole. We expect our satellite business to improve in the fiscal 2006 second quarter as our key customers reach their target inventory levels and resume normal ordering patterns."

Mr. Sturm continued, "Our Solutions Division's revenue was $6.3 million for the fourth quarter. While the Solutions Division fourth quarter operating loss was $2.1 million, our initiatives to eliminate losses in this division are beginning to gain traction. We expect that the Solutions Division's operating loss in the fiscal 2006 first quarter will be reduced significantly. It is our goal to bring this business into operating profitability by the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006."

Liquidity

As of February 28, 2005, the Company had total cash and cash equivalents of $31 million, with $10.6 million in total outstanding debt. Compared to the same period last year, total cash and cash equivalents were higher by $8.2 million, with total outstanding debt higher by $0.7 million. The increase in cash was primarily due to cash flow from operations of $12.5 million.

Business outlook

Commenting on the Company's fiscal 2006 first quarter outlook, Mr. Sturm said, "Based on our current visibility, we estimate that fiscal 2006 first quarter revenues will be in the range of $42 to $48 million, and that earnings will be in the range of $0.06 to $0.10 per diluted share, excluding one-time charges related to the recently completed Skybility acquisition. Additionally, we anticipate that second quarter revenues will be up significantly from the first quarter, and we are targeting 10% to 15% revenue growth for the full fiscal 2006 reflecting growth in our core business as well as the contributions of our recent strategic acquisitions made to diversify our markets and customer base."

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call with simultaneous webcast to discuss fourth quarter and fiscal year 2005 financial results and business outlook will be held today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern / 1:30 p.m. Pacific. There will also be a live webcast of the call available on CalAmp's web site at www.calamp.com. Webcast participants are encouraged to go to the web site at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

CalAmp's President and CEO Fred Sturm, and CFO Rick Vitelle will host the conference call. After the live webcast, a replay will remain available until the next quarterly conference call in the Investor Relations section of CalAmp's web site.

About CalAmp Corp.

CalAmp is a provider of wireless products and engineering services that enable anytime/anywhere access to critical information, data and entertainment content. With comprehensive capabilities ranging from product inception through volume production, CalAmp delivers cost-effective high quality solutions to a broad array of customers and markets. CalAmp is the leading supplier of direct broadcast satellite (DBS) outdoor customer premise equipment to the U.S. satellite television market. The Company also provides wireless connectivity solutions for the healthcare industry, public safety organizations, telemetry and asset tracking markets, enterprise-class 802.11 networks, and digital multimedia delivery applications. The Company is headquartered in Oxnard, California and has approximately 625 employees. Founded in 1981, CalAmp has been publicly traded since 1983 as NASDAQ: CAMP.

Forward-Looking Statement

Statements in this press release that are not historical in nature are forward-looking statements, which involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Words such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "plan," "believe," "seek," "could," "estimate," "judgment," "targeting," and variations of these words and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those implied by such forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, general and industry economic conditions, competition, development factors, operating costs, the Company's ability to eliminate operating losses in its Solutions Division and make this business segment profitable, and other risks and uncertainties that are detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

                            CAL AMP CORP.
                CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
          (Unaudited, in thousands except per share amounts)

                                Three Months Ended      Year Ended
                                   February 28,        February 28,
                                ------------------ -------------------
                                    2005     2004      2005      2004
                                --------- -------- --------- ---------

Revenues                        $ 67,137  $41,605  $220,027  $128,616

Cost of revenues                  54,683   35,179   178,649   110,950
                                --------- -------- --------- ---------

Gross profit                      12,454    6,426    41,378    17,666

Operating expenses:
  Research and development         2,130    1,427     8,320     5,363
  Selling                          1,746      666     6,397     2,336
  General and administrative       3,089    1,320    11,499     3,880
  Intangible asset amortization      436       26     1,643       104
  In-process research and
   development                         -        -       471         -
                                --------- -------- --------- ---------
                                   7,401    3,439    28,330    11,683
                                --------- -------- --------- ---------

Operating income                   5,053    2,987    13,048     5,983

Non-operating income (expense),
 net                                  11      (49)     (120)     (243)
                                --------- -------- --------- ---------

Income before income taxes         5,064    2,938    12,928     5,740

Income tax provision              (1,830)      36    (4,852)      (26)
                                --------- -------- --------- ---------

Net income                      $  3,234  $ 2,974  $  8,076  $  5,714
                                ========= ======== ========= =========

Net income per share:
  Basic                         $   0.14  $  0.20  $   0.38  $   0.39
  Diluted                       $   0.14  $  0.18  $   0.36  $   0.37

Shares used in per share
 calculations:
  Basic                           22,438   14,885    21,460    14,791
  Diluted                         23,101   16,179    22,193    15,390

Business Segment Information (1)

                                Three Months Ended      Year Ended
                                   February 28,        February 28,
                                ------------------ -------------------
                                    2005     2004      2005      2004
                                --------- -------- --------- ---------
Revenue:
  Products Division             $ 60,855  $41,605  $194,835  $128,616
  Solutions Division               6,282        -    25,192         -
                                --------- -------- --------- ---------

    Total revenue               $ 67,137  $41,605  $220,027  $128,616
                                ========= ======== ========= =========

Gross profit
  Products Division             $ 11,259  $ 6,426  $ 35,765  $ 17,666
  Solutions Division               1,195        -     5,613         -
                                --------- -------- --------- ---------

    Total gross profit          $ 12,454  $ 6,426  $ 41,378  $ 17,666
                                ========= ======== ========= =========

Operating income (loss)
  Products Division             $  8,455  $ 3,591  $ 25,316  $  8,112
  Solutions Division              (2,080)       -    (8,051)        -
  Corporate expenses              (1,322)    (604)   (4,217)   (2,129)
                                --------- -------- --------- ---------

    Total operating income      $  5,053  $ 2,987  $ 13,048  $  5,983
                                ========= ======== ========= =========

(1) Effective with the acquisition of Vytek Corporation on April 12,
    2004, CalAmp realigned its operations into a divisional structure
    in which CalAmp's existing Satellite and Wireless Access
    businesses were combined, together with Vytek's products
    manufacturing business, into a new Products Division. Vytek's
    principal operations, consisting of revenues generated by
    professional engineering services and the development of software
    applications, comprise the new Solutions Division.


                            CAL AMP CORP.
                     CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                      (Unaudited - In thousands)

                                                        February 28,
                                                        2005     2004
                                                    --------- --------

Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                         $ 31,048  $22,885
  Accounts receivable, net                            27,027   18,579
  Inventories                                         21,465   20,253
  Deferred income tax assets                           6,118    2,404
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets            2,876    3,244
                                                    --------- --------

       Total current assets                           88,534   67,365

Equipment and improvements, net                        5,383    5,358

Deferred income tax assets, less current portion       5,285    4,359

Goodwill                                              92,834   20,938

Other intangible assets, net                           4,028      200

Other assets                                             691      399
                                                    --------- --------

                                                    $196,755  $98,619
                                                    ========= ========

Current liabilities:
  Current portion of long-term debt                 $  2,897  $ 3,603
  Accounts payable                                    18,389   17,395
  Accrued payroll and employee benefits                3,652    1,513
  Other current liabilities                            3,127    2,211
  Deferred revenue                                     1,597        -
                                                    --------- --------

      Total current liabilities                       29,662   24,722
                                                    --------- --------

Long-term debt, less current portion                   7,679    7,690
                                                    --------- --------

Other non-current liabilities                          1,126      844
                                                    --------- --------

Stockholders' equity:
  Common stock                                           227      149
  Additional paid-in capital                         131,784   44,486
  Common stock held in escrow                         (2,548)       -
  Retained earnings                                   29,626   21,550
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss                  (801)    (822)
                                                    --------- --------

      Total stockholders' equity                     158,288   65,363
                                                    --------- --------

                                                    $196,755  $98,619
                                                    ========= ========


                            CAL AMP CORP.
                  CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENTS
                      (Unaudited - In thousands)

                                                         Year Ended
                                                        February 28,
                                                     -----------------
                                                        2005     2004
                                                     -------- --------

Cash flows from operating activities:
  Net income                                         $ 8,076  $ 5,714
  Depreciation and amortization                        4,340    3,400
  Write-off of in-process R&D                            471        -
  Equipment impairment writedowns                        241      739
  Gain on sale of equipment                              (76)    (227)
  Increase in equity associated with tax
    benefit of stock option exercises                    388      430
  Deferred tax assets, net                             4,201     (233)
  Changes in operating working capital                (5,105)  (3,729)
                                                     -------- --------

     Net cash provided by operating activities        12,536    6,094
                                                     -------- --------

Cash flows from investing activities:
  Capital expenditures                                (2,359)  (3,693)
  Proceeds from sale of property and equipment         1,749    2,201
  Acquisition of Vytek, net of cash acquired          (1,776)       -
                                                     -------- --------

     Net cash used in investing activities            (2,386)  (1,492)
                                                     -------- --------

Cash flows from financing activities:
  Debt repayments, net of borrowings                  (3,043)  (4,281)
  Proceeds from stock option exercises                 1,056      617
                                                     -------- --------

     Net cash used in financing activities            (1,987)  (3,664)
                                                     -------- --------

Net change in cash                                     8,163      938

Cash at beginning of period                           22,885   21,947
                                                     -------- --------

Cash at end of period                                $31,048  $22,885
                                                     ======== ========

CONTACT: CalAmp Corp.
Rick Vitelle, 805-987-9000
or
CCG Investor Relations
Crocker Coulson, 818-789-0100
crocker.coulson@ccgir.com

SOURCE: CalAmp Corp.

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