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CalAmp Reports Fiscal 2009 Second Quarter Results

10/07/08

OXNARD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

CalAmp Corp. (Nasdaq: CAMP), a leading provider of wireless products, services and solutions, today reported results for its fiscal 2009 second quarter ended August 31, 2008. Key elements include:

-- Consolidated second quarter revenues of $23.3 million; wireless datacom revenues of $20.1 million.

-- GAAP loss from continuing operations of $1.5 million, or $0.06 loss per basic and diluted share, within expectations; Adjusted Basis (non-GAAP) loss from continuing operations of $0.5 million or $0.02 loss per basic and diluted share, also within expectations.

-- Consolidated gross margin percentage of 32.0%; wireless datacom gross margin percentage of 37.5%.

-- Unit volumes of Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) product shipments to historically largest customer beginning to ramp up.

Rick Gold, CalAmp's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Similar to last quarter, our operating results were driven by the continued strong performance of our wireless datacom business, which generated revenues of $20.1 million and accounted for 86% of our consolidated revenue. I am particularly pleased with the contributions from our mobile resource management--or MRM--product lines that continue to gain customer acceptance in applications targeted for high value asset tracking and fleet management."

Mr. Gold continued, "Satellite product sales were modest for most of the second quarter. However, I was encouraged to see unit volumes to our historically largest DBS customer begin ramping up significantly at the end of the quarter and we expect this will continue throughout the second half of fiscal 2009. We are committed to rebuilding our competitive position in the DBS market and I believe our recent efforts will help us achieve this goal and return CalAmp to profitability."

Fiscal 2009 Second Quarter Results

Total revenue for the fiscal 2009 second quarter was $23.3 million compared to $32.7 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2008. The reduction in revenues was due primarily to significantly lower sales of the Company's satellite products.

Gross profit for the fiscal 2009 second quarter was $7.5 million, or 32.0% of revenues compared to gross profit of $6.3 million, or 19.3% of revenue for the same period last year. The improvement in gross profit and gross margin percentage in the latest quarter was due primarily to higher MRM revenues and gross margin, and a charge included in last year's second quarter of $1.5 million for estimated expenses to correct a product performance issue with a key DBS customer.

Results of operations for the fiscal 2009 second quarter as determined in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") was a loss from continuing operations of $1.5 million, or $0.06 loss per basic and diluted share. This compares to a loss from continuing operations of $3.3 million, or $0.14 loss per basic and diluted share, in the second quarter of last year. The lower loss in the latest quarter was attributable to higher gross profit as discussed above.

The Adjusted Basis (non-GAAP) loss from continuing operations for the fiscal 2009 second quarter was $0.5 million, or $0.02 loss per basic and diluted share compared to an Adjusted Basis loss from continuing operations of $2.0 million or $0.08 loss per basic and diluted share for the same period last year. Adjusted Basis income (loss) from continuing operations excludes the impact of amortization of intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense and in-process research and development, each net of tax. A reconciliation of the GAAP basis income (loss) from continuing operations to Adjusted Basis income (loss) from continuing operations is provided in the table at the end of this press release.

Liquidity

At August 31, 2008, the Company had total cash of $4.7 million, with $26.0 million in total outstanding bank debt and a $5 million note payable to a key DBS customer. Net cash used by operating activities was $1.1 million for the three months ended August 31, 2008, primarily for working capital. For the six month period ended August 31, 2008, net cash generated by operating activities was approximately $700,000. During the latest quarter, bank term loan principal was paid down by $1.0 million. The bank term loan has a maturity date of June 30, 2009, and consequently the entire term loan balance of $26 million is classified as a current liability in the August 31, 2008 balance sheet. The Company has requested an extension of the maturity date, and is currently in discussions with the banks on this matter.

Business Outlook

Commenting on the Company's business outlook, Mr. Gold said, "Our third quarter outlook remains cautious due in part to continued uncertainty surrounding the U.S. economy, which may impact purchase decisions by key customers. That said, we expect sales of our satellite products to increase materially compared to the second quarter as unit volumes shipped to our historically largest DBS customer continue to ramp higher. Based on our current forecast, we believe fiscal 2009 third quarter consolidated revenues will be in the range of $26 to $30 million, with a GAAP basis net loss in the range of $0.03 to $0.07 per diluted share. The Adjusted Basis (non-GAAP) results of operations for the third quarter, which exclude amortization of intangible assets and stock-based compensation expense net of tax, are expected to be in the range of a $0.03 loss to $0.01 income per diluted share."

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call and simultaneous webcast to discuss fiscal 2009 second quarter financial results and business outlook will be held today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern / 1:30 p.m. Pacific. The live webcast of the call is available on CalAmp's web site at www.calamp.com. Participants are encouraged to visit 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 Rick Gold 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 provides wireless communications solutions that enable anytime/anywhere access to critical data and content. The Company serves customers in the public safety, industrial monitoring and controls, mobile resource management, and direct broadcast satellite markets. The Company's products are marketed under the CalAmp, Dataradio, SmartLink, Aercept, LandCell and Omega trade names. For more information, please visit www.calamp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not historical in nature are forward-looking statements, that involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Words such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "plan," "believe," "seek," "could," "estimate," "judgment," "targeting," "should," "anticipate," "goal" 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, product demand, increased competition, competitive pricing and continued pricing declines in the DBS market, the timing of customer approvals of new product designs, operating costs, the Company's ability to efficiently and cost-effectively integrate its acquired businesses, the risk that the ultimate cost of resolving a product performance issue with one of the Company's key DBS customers may exceed the amount of reserves established for that purpose, the length and extent of the U.S. market downturn stemming from the recent tightening of credit markets that may impact the Company's business and that of its customers and which may constrain the Company's ability to refinance its bank term loan, and other risks or uncertainties that are described in the Company's fiscal 2008 Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 15, 2008. 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        Six Months Ended
                                     August 31,         August 31,
                                  ----------------- ------------------
                                    2008     2007     2008     2007
                                  -------- -------- -------- ---------

Revenues                          $23,308  $32,668  $51,209  $ 79,061

Cost of revenues                   15,840   26,353   34,312    78,132
                                  -------- -------- -------- ---------

Gross profit                        7,468    6,315   16,897       929
                                  -------- -------- -------- ---------

Operating expenses:
  Research and development          3,131    3,795    6,331     8,114
  Selling                           1,647    2,373    3,919     4,642
  General and administrative        3,266    3,457    6,362     6,659
  Intangible asset amortization     1,240    1,558    2,572     3,302
  In-process research and
   development                          -        -        -       310
                                  -------- -------- -------- ---------
                                    9,284   11,183   19,184    23,027
                                  -------- -------- -------- ---------

Operating loss                     (1,816)  (4,868)  (2,287)  (22,098)

Non-operating expense, net           (334)    (507)    (750)   (1,090)
                                  -------- -------- -------- ---------

Loss from continuing operations
 before income taxes               (2,150)  (5,375)  (3,037)  (23,188)

Income tax benefit                    652    2,117    1,042     8,985
                                  -------- -------- -------- ---------

Loss from continuing operations    (1,498)  (3,258)  (1,995)  (14,203)

Loss from discontinued
 operations, net of tax                 -   (1,115)       -    (1,532)
                                   -------  -------  -------  --------


Net loss                          $(1,498) $(4,373) $(1,995) $(15,735)
                                  ======== ======== ======== =========


Basic and diluted loss per share:
  Loss from continuing operations $ (0.06) $ (0.14) $ (0.08) $  (0.60)
  Loss from discontinued
   operations                           -    (0.05)       -     (0.07)
                                  -------- -------- -------- ---------

      Total basic and diluted
       loss per share             $ (0.06) $ (0.19) $ (0.08) $  (0.67)
                                  ======== ======== ======== =========


Shares used in per share
 calculations:
  Basic                            24,737   23,623   24,720    23,612
  Diluted                          24,737   23,623   24,720    23,612
                            CAL AMP CORP.
                     BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION
                      (Unaudited, in thousands)

                       Three Months Ended       Six Months Ended
                           August 31,              August 31,
                      --------------------    ---------------------
                        2008        2007        2008        2007
                      --------    --------    --------    ---------
Revenue
  Satellite           $ 3,176     $ 9,851     $10,817     $ 32,882
  Wireless DataCom     20,132      22,817      40,392       46,179
                      --------    --------    --------    ---------

    Total revenue     $23,308     $32,668     $51,209     $ 79,061
                      ========    ========    ========    =========

Gross profit (loss)
  Satellite           $   (81)    $(1,835)    $   652     $(15,751)
  Wireless DataCom      7,549       8,150      16,245       16,680
                      --------    --------    --------    ---------

    Total gross
     profit           $ 7,468     $ 6,315     $16,897     $    929
                      ========    ========    ========    =========

Operating income
 (loss)
  Satellite           $(1,324)    $(3,064)(a) $(1,656)    $(18,295)(a)
  Wireless DataCom        916 (b)    (500)(c)   1,973 (b)   (1,146)(c)
  Corporate expenses   (1,408)     (1,304)     (2,604)      (2,657)
                      --------    --------    --------    ---------

    Total operating
     loss             $(1,816)    $(4,868)    $(2,287)    $(22,098)
                      ========    ========    ========    =========

(a) Includes charges for estimated product warranty and related costs
 in the three and six-month periods ended August 31, 2007 of $1.5
 million and $17.8 million, respectively.

(b) Includes intangible asset amortization expense in the three and
 six-month periods ended August 31, 2008 of $1.2 million and $2.6
 million, respectively.

(c) Includes intangible asset amortization expense in the three and
 six-month periods ended August 31, 2007 of $1.6 million and $3.3
 million, respectively.
                            CAL AMP CORP.
                     CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                      (Unaudited - In thousands)

                                               August 31, February 28,
                                                  2008        2008
                                               ---------- ------------
                    Assets
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                     $  4,697     $  6,588
  Accounts receivable, net                        16,612       20,043
  Inventories                                     23,977       25,097
  Deferred income tax assets                       4,698        5,306
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets       10,213        9,733
                                               ---------- ------------

    Total current assets                          60,197       66,767

Equipment and improvements, net                    4,398        5,070

Deferred income tax assets, less current
 portion                                          16,289       14,802

Goodwill                                          28,224       28,520

Other intangible assets, net                      21,852       24,424

Other assets                                       3,491        3,458
                                               ---------- ------------

                                                $134,451     $143,041
                                               ========== ============
     Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
  Current portion of long-term debt             $ 31,030     $  5,343
  Accounts payable                                 9,708       10,875
  Accrued payroll and employee benefits            3,535        4,218
  Accrued warranty costs                           4,867        3,818
  Other accrued liabilities                       10,198       11,800
  Deferred revenue                                 3,085        4,005
                                               ---------- ------------

    Total current liabilities                     62,423       40,059
                                               ---------- ------------

Long-term debt, less current portion                   -       27,187

Other non-current liabilities                      1,090        2,375

Stockholders' equity:
  Common stock                                       252          250
  Additional paid-in capital                     144,252      144,318
  Accumulated deficit                            (73,144)     (71,149)
  Accumulated other comprehensive income
   (loss)                                           (422)           1
                                               ---------- ------------

    Total stockholders' equity                    70,938       73,420
                                               ---------- ------------

                                                $134,451     $143,041
                                               ========== ============
                    CAL AMP CORP.
          CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENTS
             (Unaudited - In thousands)

                                                     Six Months Ended
                                                        August 31,
                                                    ------------------
                                                      2008     2007
                                                    -------- ---------
Cash flows from operating activities:
  Net loss                                          $(1,995) $(15,735)
  Depreciation and amortization                       3,770     5,201
  Stock-based compensation expense                      361     1,027
  Write-off of in-process research and development
   costs                                                  -       310
  Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation        -       (55)
  Deferred tax assets, net                           (1,046)  (14,388)
  Loss on sale of discontinued operations, net of
   tax                                                    -       935
  Gain on sale of investment                              -      (331)
  Changes in operating working capital                 (376)   20,934
  Other                                                   -        (2)
                                                    -------- ---------

    Net cash provided (used) by operating
     activities                                         714    (2,104)
                                                    -------- ---------

Cash flows from investing activities:
  Capital expenditures                                 (561)     (920)
  Earn-out payments on TechnoCom acquisition           (872)        -
  Proceeds from sale of discontinued operations         420     4,000
  Proceeds from sale of property and equipment            -         4
  Proceeds from sale of investment                        -     1,045
  Acquisition of Aercept                                  -   (19,315)
  Acquisition of SmartLink, net of refunds from
   escrow fund                                          296    (7,944)
  Cash restricted for repayment of debt                   -    (3,309)
                                                    -------- ---------

    Net cash used in investing activities              (717)  (26,439)
                                                    -------- ---------

Cash flows from financing activities:
  Debt repayments                                    (1,500)   (1,476)
  Proceeds from stock option exercises                    -       157
  Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation        -        55
                                                    -------- ---------

    Net cash used in financing activities            (1,500)   (1,264)
                                                    -------- ---------

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash                (388)      640
                                                    -------- ---------

Net change in cash and cash equivalents              (1,891)  (29,167)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period      6,588    37,537
                                                    -------- ---------

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period          $ 4,697  $  8,370
                                                    ======== =========
                            CAL AMP CORP.
                   NON-GAAP EARNINGS RECONCILIATION
          (Unaudited, in thousands except per share amounts)

Non-GAAP Earnings Reconciliation
----------------------------------------------------------------------
"GAAP" refers to financial information presented in accordance with
 Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States. This
 press release includes historical non-GAAP financial measures, as
 defined in Regulation G promulgated by the Securities and Exchange
 Commission. CalAmp believes that its presentation of historical non-
 GAAP financial measures provides useful supplementary information to
 investors. The presentation of historical non-GAAP financial measures
 is not meant to be considered in isolation from or as a substitute
 for results prepared in accordance with accounting principles
 generally accepted in the United States.

In this press release, CalAmp reports the non-GAAP financial measures
 of Adjusted Basis Loss from Continuing Operations and Adjusted Basis
 Loss from Continuing Operations Per Diluted Share. CalAmp uses these
 non-GAAP financial measures to enhance the investor's overall
 understanding of the financial performance and future prospects of
 CalAmp's core business activities. Specifically, CalAmp believes that
 a report of Adjusted Basis (non-GAAP) Loss from Continuing Operations
 and Adjusted Basis Loss from Continuing Operations Per Diluted Share
 provides consistency in its financial reporting and facilitates the
 comparison of results of core business operations between its current
 and past periods.

The reconciliation of the GAAP Basis Loss from Continuing Operations
 to Adjusted Basis (non-GAAP) Loss from Continuing Operations is as
 follows:

                                    Three Months     Six Months Ended
                                        Ended
                                     August 31,         August 31,
                                  ----------------- ------------------
                                    2008     2007     2008     2007
                                  -------- -------- -------- ---------

GAAP Basis Loss from Continuing
 Operations                       $(1,498) $(3,258) $(1,995) $(14,203)

Adjustments to reconcile to
 Adjusted Basis Loss from
 Continuing Operations:
   Amortization of intangible
    assets, net of tax                815      955    1,690     2,024
   Stock-based compensation
    expense, net of tax               231      315      237       597
   In-process R&D, net of tax           -        -        -       190

                                  -------- -------- -------- ---------

Adjusted Basis Loss from
 Continuing Operations            $  (452) $(1,988) $   (68) $(11,392)
                                  ======== ======== ======== =========

Adjusted Basis Loss from
 Continuing Operations per Diluted
 Share                            $ (0.02) $ (0.08) $     -  $  (0.48)

Weighted average common shares
 outstanding on diluted basis      24,737   23,623   24,720    23,612


The reconciling items above are tax effected using the year-to-date
 effective tax rate. The computation of the year-to-date effective
 income tax rate is as follows:


                                                     Six Months Ended
                                                        August 31,
                                                    ------------------
                                                      2008     2007
                                                    -------- ---------
Pretax loss from continuing operations, as reported $(3,037) $(23,188)

Income tax benefit, as reported                       1,042     8,985
                                                     -------  --------

Effective income tax rate                              34.3%     38.7%
                                                     =======  ========

Source: CalAmp Corp.

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