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Evertz Technologies Reports Results for the Third Quarter Ended January 31, 2012

(March 06, 2012)

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/06/12 --

Attention Business/Financial Editors:

Evertz Technologies Limited (TSX:ET), a leading equipment provider to the television broadcast industry, today reported its results, for the third quarter ended January 31, 2012, of its fiscal 2012 year.

Quarterly Highlights


-- Revenue was $71.4 million -- Revenue in the International region up 11% year over year for the quarter -- Net earnings were $12.7 million for the quarter -- Gross investment in R&D was $11.1 million -- Cash generated from operations of $23.8 million -- Purchased and cancelled 148,500 shares pursuant to a NCIB -- Cash and instruments held for trading at $190.5 million Selected Financial Information Consolidated Statement of Earnings Data (in thousands of dollars, except per share amounts) Q3 ' 12 Q3 '11 ---------- ---------- Revenue $ 71,445 $ 84,073 Gross margin 40,162 48,684 Earnings from operations 17,357 29,045 Net earnings attributable to shareholders 12,637 24,238 Fully-diluted earnings per share $ 0.17 $ 0.32 Selected Financial Information Consolidated Balance Sheet Data (in thousands of dollars) Q3 '12 YE ' 11 ---------- ---------- Cash and instruments held for trading $ 190,514 $ 192,025 Working capital 320,540 326,029 Total assets 418,358 410,511 Shareholders' equity 375,278 372,209

Revenue

For the quarter ended January 31, 2012, revenues were $71.4 million as compared to revenues of $84.1 million for the quarter ended January 31, 2011. For the quarter, revenues in the United States/Canada region were $32.0 million. The International region had revenues of $39.5 million.

Gross Margin

For the quarter ended January 31, 2012 gross margin was $40.2 million compared to $48.7 million in the same quarter last year. Gross margin percentage was approximately 56.2% compared to 57.9% for the quarter ended January 31, 2011.

Earnings

For the quarter ended January 31, 2012 net earnings were $12.7 million as compared to $24.4 million in the corresponding period last year.

For the quarter ended January 31, 2012, earnings per share on a fully-diluted basis were $0.17 as compared to $0.32 in the same period in 2011.

Operating Expenses

For the quarter January 31, 2012 selling and administrative expenses were $12.7 million compared to $10.0 million for the quarter ended January 31, 2011. Selling and administrative expenses represented approximately 17.7% of revenue in the quarter ended January 31, 2012.

For the quarter ended January 31, 2012 gross research and development expenses increased by $1.4 million or 15% as compared to the corresponding period in 2011. Gross research and development expenses represented approximately 15.5% of revenue for the quarter compared to 11.4% for the same period last year.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

The Company's working capital as at January 31, 2012 was $320.5 million as compared to $326.0 million on April 30, 2011.

Cash and instruments held for trading were $190.5 million as at January 31, 2012 as compared to $192.0 million on April 30, 2011.

Cash provided by operations was $23.8 million for the quarter ended January 31, 2012 as compared to $29.0 million for the quarter ended January 31, 2011. Before taking into account the changes in non-cash working capital, the Company generated $16.7 million from operations for the quarter ended January 31, 2012 compared to $24.2 million for the same period last year.

The Company spent $10.9 million on the purchase of equipment for the quarter ended January 31, 2012 as compared to $0.6 million for the quarter ended January 31, 2011.

For the quarter ended January 31, 2012, the Company used cash from financing activities of $8.7 million which was principally a result of the payment of dividends of $8.8 million and the repurchase of common shares for $1.8 million being partially offset by cash generated of $2.0 million from the issuance of common shares.

IFRS Reporting Commenced First Quarter of 2012

Starting with the first quarter of 2012, Evertz is now reporting its financial results in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). Previously, the Company prepared its financial results under Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Standards ("Canadian GAAP"). The comparative financial information has been restated to reflect the adoption of IFRS. Further information on the transition from Canadian GAAP to IFRS is provided within the Company's first quarter July 31, 2011 Management's Discussion and Analysis and Note 16 to the July 31, 2011 Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

Shipments and Backlog

Purchase order backlog at the end of February 2012 was in excess of $42 million and shipments during the month of February 2012 exceeded $26 million.

Dividend Declared

On March 6, 2012, the Evertz Board of Directors approved an increase of the dividend to $0.14 per share from $0.12 per share. This is the 5th dividend increase in the past five years, reflecting the underlying strength of the Company's cash flow and business outlook.

The dividend is payable to shareholders of record on March 16, 2012 and will be paid on or about March 23, 2012.

Selected Consolidated Financial Information (Unaudited) (in thousands of dollars, except earnings per share and share data) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Three month period Nine month period ended ended January 31, January 31, ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2012 2011 2012 2011 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Revenue $ 71,445 $ 84,073 $217,060 $ 240,216 Cost of goods sold 31,283 35,389 93,675 100,895 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gross margin 40,162 48,684 123,385 139,321 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Expenses Selling and administrative 12,677 9,985 34,798 27,194 General 1,580 1,827 4,678 4,770 Research and development 11,058 9,620 31,418 25,863 Investment tax credits (2,574) (2,258) (7,310) (6,139) Foreign exchange gain 64 465 (3,001) (478) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 22,805 19,639 60,583 51,210 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Earnings before undernoted 17,357 29,045 62,802 88,111 Finance income 551 204 1,427 733 Finance costs (45) (43) (142) (120) Other income and expenses (332) 3,935 (557) 2,428 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Earnings before income taxes 17,531 33,141 63,530 91,152 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Provision for (recovery of) income taxes Current 4,323 7,970 17,804 24,848 Deferred 463 808 (740) 463 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4,786 8,778 17,064 25,311 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Net earnings for the period $ 12,745 $ 24,363 $ 46,466 $ 65,841 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Net earnings attributable to non-controlling interest 108 125 306 461 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Net earnings attributable to shareholders 12,637 24,238 46,160 65,380 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Net earnings for the period $ 12,745 $ 24,363 $ 46,466 $ 65,841 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Earnings per share Basic $ 0.17 $ 0.32 $ 0.63 $ 0.88 Diluted $ 0.17 $ 0.32 $ 0.62 $ 0.88 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Consolidated Balance Sheet Data As at As at January 31, April 30, 2012 2011 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cash and instruments held for trading $ 190,514 $ 192,025 Inventory $ 104,353 $ 106,422 Working capital $ 320,540 $ 326,029 Total assets $ 418,358 $ 410,511 Shareholders' equity $ 375,278 $ 372,209 Number of common shares outstanding: Basic 73,260,486 74,470,606 Fully-diluted 77,973,286 78,577,206 Weighted average number of shares outstanding: Basic 73,746,646 73,989,997 Fully-diluted 73,937,254 74,879,139 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Forward-Looking Statements

The report contains forward-looking statements reflecting Evertz's objectives, estimates and expectations. Such forward looking statements use words such as "may", "will", "expect", "believe", "anticipate", "plan", "intend", "project", "continue" and other similar terminology of a forward-looking nature or negatives of those terms.

Although management of the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, all forward-looking statements address matters that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Accordingly, there are or will be a number of significant factors which could cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results to be materially different from any future results performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call with financial analysts to discuss the results on March 6, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. (EDT). Media and other interested parties are invited to join the conference call in listen-only mode. The conference call may be accessed by dialing 1-416-849- 6166 or toll-free (North America) 1-866-250-6267.

For those unable to listen to the live call, a rebroadcast will also be available until April 6, 2012. The rebroadcast can be accessed at 1-416-915-1035 or toll-free 1-866-245-6755. The pass code for the rebroadcast is 603097.

About Evertz

Evertz Technologies Limited (TSX:ET) designs, manufactures and markets video and audio infrastructure equipment for the production, post production, broadcast and internet protocol television ("IPTV") industry. The Company's solutions are purchased by content creators, broadcasters, specialty channels and television service providers to support their increasingly complex multi-channel digital and high definition television ("HDTV") broadcast environments and by telecommunications companies to roll-out IPTV. The Company's products allow its customers to generate additional revenue while reducing costs through the more efficient signal routing, distribution, monitoring and management of content as well as the automation of previously manual processes.

Contacts:
Evertz Technologies Limited
Anthony Gridley
Chief Financial Officer
(905) 335 7580
ir@evertz.com


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