2011 First Quarter Record Results
Zebra Technologies Reports Record Results for First Quarter of 2011
Record income from continuing operations driven by continued strong sales growth and further improvements in profitability
Lincolnshire, IL, May 4, 2011─Zebra Technologies Corporation
(NASDAQ: ZBRA) today announced 2011 first quarter net income of
$61,634,000, or $1.10 per diluted share. Quarterly income from
continuing operations totaled $30,128,000, or $0.54 per diluted share,
for 2011 compared with $25,547,000, or $0.43 per diluted share, for
the first quarter of 2010. Income from discontinued operations for the
first quarter of 2011 of $31,506,000, or $0.56 per diluted share,
includes a recognised gain on the sale of the company's Navis
operation. First quarter net sales were $237,301,000 for 2011, up
11.9% from $211,975,000 for 2010. Results for 2010 have been adjusted
to account for the sale of Navis Holdings LLC, which was sold on March
18, 2011, and other immaterial operations which have been accounted
for as discontinued operations.
"Excellent execution on a clear and focused business strategy
helped Zebra deliver these record results," stated Anders
Gustafsson, Zebra's chief executive officer. "Innovative new
products introduced over the past year are helping us meet more of our
customers' asset tagging needs in a more complex supply chain
environment. At the same time, we are reaching more customers
worldwide by building a larger, more formidable sales and marketing
organisation. The result of disciplined investments in products,
channels and infrastructure makes us optimistic about extending
Zebra's industry leadership in a fundamentally attractive industry,
and for continued success in building shareholder value." As of
April 2, 2011, Zebra had $375,378,000 in cash and investments, and no
long-term debt. Net inventories were $120,508,000, and net accounts
receivable were $141,218,000.
Discussion and Analysis
· Net sales for the first quarter of 2011 compared with the same quarter for 2010 benefited from improved business conditions in all geographic regions, with all major printer product categories and aftermarket parts contributing to the growth. The addition of Zebra sales representatives placed in high-growth countries and regions over the past twelve
months, and other initiatives as part of the company's growth strategy, also contributed to the sales results. Quarterly sales increased 12.1% on a constant-currency basis from a year ago.
- Gross margin of 50.6%, versus 46.1% a year ago, reflects lower costs for raw materials, higher volumes and lower freight charges.
- Operating expense growth of 16.7% reflect higher employee-related compensation, payroll and benefit costs, in part related to geographic expansion and other growth initiatives.
- Income from discontinued operations includes a gain on the sale
of the company's Navis operation, partially offset by losses in the
discontinued businesses in 2011.
Stock Purchase Update
During the first quarter of 2011, Zebra repurchased 1,100,000 shares of Zebra Technologies Corporation Class A Common Stock. At April 2, 2011, 750,000 shares remained in the company's stock buyback authorization, and 54,730,861 shares of common stock were outstanding.
Second Quarter Outlook
Zebra announced its financial forecast for the second quarter of 2011. Net sales are expected within a range of $240,000,000 to $250,000,000. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations are expected within a range of $0.54 to $0.61, including $0.01 per share in exit, restructuring and integration costs.
Conference Call Notification
Investors are invited to listen to a live webcast of Zebra's conference call discussing the company's financial results for the first quarter of 2011. The conference call will be held at 11:00 AM Eastern Time today. To listen to the call, visit the company's website at http://www.zebra.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements, as defined
by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including,
without limitation, the statements regarding the company's financial
forecast for the second quarter of 2011 stated in the paragraph above
captioned "Second Quarter Outlook." Actual results may
differ from those expressed or implied in the company's
forward-looking statements. These statements represent estimates only
as of the date they were made. Zebra undertakes no obligation, other
than as may be required by law, to publicly update or revise any
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information,
future events, changed circumstances or any other reason after the
date of this release.
These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions and are subject to the risks and uncertainties inherent in Zebra's industry, market conditions, general domestic and international economic conditions, and other factors. These factors include customer acceptance of Zebra's hardware and software products and competitors' product offerings, and the potential effects of technological changes. The continued uncertainty over future global economic conditions, the availability of credit, capital markets volatility, may have adverse effects on Zebra, its suppliers and its customers. In addition, a disruption in our ability to obtain products from vendors as a result of supply chain constraints, natural disasters or other circumstances could restrict sales and negatively affect customer relationships.
Profits and profitability will be affected by Zebra's ability to control manufacturing and operating costs. Because of a large investment portfolio, interest rates and financial market conditions will also have an impact on results. Foreign exchange rates will have an effect on financial results because of the large percentage of our international sales. The outcome of litigation in which Zebra may be involved is another factor. These and other factors could have an adverse effect on Zebra's sales, gross profit margins and results of operations and increase the volatility of our financial results. When used in this release and documents referenced, the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," and "expect" and similar expressions, as they relate to the company or its management, are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying these statements. Descriptions of the risks, uncertainties and other factors that could affect the company's future operations and results can be found in Zebra's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, readers are referred to Zebra's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.
About Zebra Technologies
Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) gives customers visibility of critical assets, people and transactions through a broad range of printing and location technologies. Our barcode, card, kiosk and RFID printers as well as real-time location solutions have made us a recognised global leader in providing enabling solutions that identify, track, and manage critical assets, people and transactions for improved business efficiencies.
For more information about Zebra's solutions, visit http://www.zebra.com.
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