Record Sales and EPS for the Third Quarter of 2011
Zebra Technologies Announces Record Sales and EPS for the Third
Quarter of 2011
Favourable shipments in North America and growth in all regions lead to ninth consecutive sequential quarter of sales growth; Board authorizes additional three million shares for stock buyback
Lincolnshire, IL, November 8, 2011─Zebra Technologies
Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA) today announced record 2011 third quarter
income from continuing operations of $32,187,000, or $0.64 per diluted
share, compared with $27,247,000, or $.048 per diluted share, for the
third quarter of 2010. Net sales for the quarter ended October 1,
2011, increased 10.2% to a record $253,338,000 from $229,807,000 for
the corresponding period for 2010. Quarterly net income of
$45,001,000, or $0.84 per diluted share, for 2011 includes $0.20 per
diluted share in income from discontinued operations. Third quarter
2011 income from discontinued operations relate to the sale of proveo AG.
"Excellent execution led to strong performance in all geographies and across our product lines to deliver another quarter of record results," stated Anders Gustafsson, Zebra's chief executive officer."Increasingly, our ongoing investments in better geographic coverage, new product development and building stronger go-to-market channels are paying off, making Zebra a more valued strategic business partner. Our broader range of products and solutions are helping our customers make smarter decisions by giving them greater visibility into their operations. Zebra remains well positioned to extend leadership in an attractive industry and build greater shareholder value."
As of October 1, 2011, Zebra had $299,047,000 in cash and investments, and no long-term debt. Net inventories were $120,378,000, and net accounts receivable were $162,314,000.
Discussion and Analysis
- Net sales for the third quarter of 2011 benefited from growth in all geographic regions, with the highest growth occurring in the company's Asia Pacific region. The addition of Zebra sales representatives in high-growth countries and regions over the past twelve months, and other initiatives, complemented continued favourable business conditions in these territories. Quarterly sales increased 7.8% on a constant-currency basis from a year ago. On a sequential basis, North American sales benefited from higher shipments to retail customers.
- Gross margin of 48.8%, versus 47.5% a year ago, reflects lower costs for raw materials, higher volumes and favourable movements in foreign exchange rates, partially offset by a less favourable product mix.
- Operating expense growth of 8.4% includes higher employee-related payroll and benefit costs, in part related to geographic expansion and other growth initiatives. Operating profit margin increased from 17.6% to 19.3%.
- During the third quarter, the company completed the sale of proveo AG, a discontinued operation. This sale generated a net gain of $10,814,000, or $0.20 per diluted share.
Stock Purchase Update
During the third quarter of 2011, Zebra repurchased 1,824,910 shares of Zebra Technologies Corporation Class A Common Stock. At October 1, 2011, the company had 925,090 shares remaining in its stock buyback authorization, and 52,388,510 shares of common stock were outstanding.
In addition, Zebra's Board has authorised the purchase of up to an additional 3,000,000 shares of Zebra Technologies Corporation Class A Common Stock. These purchases can be made from time to time in the open market or in private transactions. There is no expiration date on the authorization.
Fourth Quarter Outlook
Zebra announced its financial forecast for the fourth quarter of 2011. Net sales are expected within a range of $242,000,000 to $255,000,000. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations are expected within a range of $0.57 to $0.64.
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 third 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 fourth quarter of 2011 stated in the paragraph above captioned "Fourth 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 forwardlooking 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
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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