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Stratus Technologies Bermuda Holdings Ltd. Announces Financial Results for Third Quarter of Fiscal 2012

(January 17, 2012)

HAMILTON, BERMUDA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/17/12 -- Stratus Technologies Bermuda Holdings Ltd. (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, "Stratus" or the "Company"), a global provider of uptime assurance, today furnished its quarterly financial results with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on Form 6-K for the fiscal quarter ended November 27, 2011.

For the third quarter ended November 27, 2011, total revenue was $51.7 million, a decrease of $4.3 million or 7.7% as compared to the $56.1 million in the third quarter ended November 28, 2010. Profit from operations was $8.2 million compared to $11.0 million for the same period last year. The net loss was $4.6 million compared to $0.6 million for the same period last year. The Company reported Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, of $10.8 million compared to $13.9 million for the same period last year. Please refer to the reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to GAAP financial measures in the attached "Consolidated Statements of Operations."

For the year-to-date period ended November 27, 2011, total revenue was $152.0 million, a decrease of $2.2 million or 1.4% as compared to the $154.2 million in the year-to-date period ended November 28, 2010. Profit from operations was $24.0 million compared to $31.0 million for the same period last year. Profit from operations for the year-to-date period ended November 28, 2010 included a gain on sale of subsidiary of $3.7 million related to the sale of our proprietary Emergent Networks Solutions VOIP Software business and certain net assets related to our telecommunications business ("Emergent Business") in January 2009. The net loss was $16.8 million compared to $7.2 million for the same period last year. Net loss for the year-to-date period ended November 27, 2011 includes a loss on extinguishment of debt of $1.2 million related to the excess cash flow offer made on June 30, 2011. Net loss for the year-to-date period ended November 28, 2010 includes a loss on extinguishment of debt of $3.8 million related to the April 2010 refinancing. The Company reported Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, of $32.2 million compared to $37.1 million for the same period last year. Please refer to the reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to GAAP financial measures in the attached "Consolidated Statements of Operations."

For additional information concerning our results for the quarter and year-to-date period ended November 27, 2011 and other important information, we refer you to our Form 6-K furnished today with the SEC.


Third quarter Results Conference Call
A conference call to review third quarter financial results will be held today, January 17, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and may be accessed by calling 1-888-549-7750 (U.S. only) or 1-480-629-9722 with a conference ID of 4503174. A recording of this conference call will be available at 1-800-406-7325 (U.S. only) or 1-303-590-3030 with a conference ID of 4503174 for 30 days.

About Stratus
Stratus delivers uptime assurance for the applications its customers depend on most for their success. With its resilient software and hardware technologies, together with proactive availability monitoring and management, Stratus products help to save lives and to protect the business and reputations of companies, institutions, and governments the world over. To learn more about worry-free computing, visit www.stratus.com.

Forward-Looking Statements: This press release may contain forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended). You are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the continued acceptance of the Company's products by the market; the Company's ability to enter into new service agreements and to retain customers under existing service contracts; the Company's ability to source quality components and key technologies without interruption and at acceptable prices; the Company's ability to comply with certain covenants in the governing documents for the Company's credit facilities and other debt instruments; the Company's ability to refinance indebtedness when required; the Company's reliance on sole source manufacturers and suppliers; the presence of existing competitors and the emergence of new competitors; the Company's financial condition and liquidity and the Company's leverage and debt service obligations; economic conditions globally and in the Company's most important markets; developments in the fault-tolerant and high-availability server markets; claims by third parties that the Company infringes upon their intellectual property rights; the Company's success in adequately protecting its intellectual property rights; the Company's success in maintaining efficient manufacturing and logistics operations; the Company's ability to recruit, retain and develop appropriately skilled employees; exposure for systems and service failures; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; fluctuations in interest rates; current risks of terrorist activity and acts of war; the impact of changing tax laws; the impact of changes in policies, laws, regulations or practices of foreign governments on the Company's international operations; and the impact of natural or man-made disasters. Any forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no duty to further update such forward-looking statements.

© 2012 Stratus Technologies Bermuda Ltd. All rights reserved.

Stratus®, ftServer®, Continuum®, ActiveService™, CALM® and Stratus Avance® are trademarks or registered trademarks of ours. All other trade names, service marks and trademarks appearing in this annual report are the property of their respective holders. Our use or display of other parties' trade names, service marks or trademarks is not intended to and does not imply a relationship with, or endorsement or sponsorship of us by, the trade name, service mark or trademark owners.

STRATUS TECHNOLOGIES BERMUDA HOLDINGS LTD. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited) November 27, February 27, 2011 2011 ------------- ------------- (Amounts in thousands, except per share data) ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 18,570 $ 28,100 Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $352 and $315, respectively 36,471 38,079 Inventory 7,448 7,485 Deferred income taxes 1,557 1,440 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 4,639 4,370 ------------- ------------- Total current assets 68,685 79,474 Property and equipment, net 10,807 13,695 Intangible assets, net 3,316 3,438 Goodwill 9,595 9,584 Deferred income taxes 1,929 1,803 Deferred financing fees 9,851 10,993 Other assets 4,219 4,867 ------------- ------------- Total assets $ 108,402 $ 123,854 ============= ============= LIABILITIES, REDEEMABLE CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT Current liabilities: Current portion of long-term debt $ 5,000 $ 5,000 Accounts payable 8,457 7,291 Accrued expenses 12,215 12,828 Accrued interest payable 4,163 10,625 Income taxes payable 123 285 Deferred revenue 32,623 36,199 ------------- ------------- Total current liabilities 62,581 72,228 Long-term debt, net of discount 256,340 249,069 Embedded derivatives 20,794 18,955 Deferred revenue and other liabilities 15,794 14,328 ------------- ------------- Total liabilities 355,509 354,580 ------------- ------------- Redeemable convertible preferred stock: Series A: 7,000 shares authorized and 6,561 shares issued and outstanding at November 27, 2011 and February 27, 2011 (liquidation preference of $107,167 and $101,101, respectively) 107,167 101,101 Series B: 20,524 shares authorized; 3,532 issued and outstanding at November 27, 2011 and February 27, 2011 (liquidation preference of $57,688 and 54,423, respectively) 57,688 54,423 Right to shares of Series B redeemable convertible preferred stock 5,518 5,518 ------------- ------------- Total redeemable convertible preferred stock 170,373 161,042 ------------- ------------- Stockholders' deficit: Ordinary stock, $0.5801 par value, 181,003 shares authorized and 28,809 shares issued and outstanding at November 27, 2011 and February 27, 2011 16,712 16,712 Series A ordinary stock: $0.5801 par value, 7,678 shares authorized; 0 shares issued and outstanding at November 27, 2011 and February 27, 2011, respectively - - Series B ordinary stock: $0.5801 par value, 90,115 shares authorized; 15,512 shares issued and outstanding at November 27, 2011 and February 27, 2011, respectively 8,998 8,998 Additional paid in capital - - Accumulated deficit (444,609) (418,687) Accumulated other comprehensive gain 1,419 1,209 ------------- ------------- Total stockholders' deficit (417,480) (391,768) ------------- ------------- Total liabilities, redeemable convertible preferred stock and stockholders' deficit $ 108,402 $ 123,854 ============= =============



STRATUS TECHNOLOGIES BERMUDA HOLDINGS LTD. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited) For the fiscal thirteen week periods ended November 27, 2011 and November 28, 2010 November 27, November 28, 2011 2010 ------------- ------------- (In thousands) REVENUE Product $ 18,203 $ 21,504 Service 33,530 34,553 ------------- ------------- Total revenue 51,733 56,057 ------------- ------------- COST OF REVENUE Product 9,138 9,864 Service 14,103 15,369 ------------- ------------- Total cost of revenue 23,241 25,233 ------------- ------------- Gross profit 28,492 30,824 ------------- ------------- OPERATING EXPENSES Research and development 6,780 6,881 Sales and marketing 8,138 7,762 General and administrative 4,882 4,858 Restructuring charges 175 12 Management fees 300 300 ------------- ------------- Total operating expenses 20,275 19,813 ------------- ------------- Profit from operations 8,217 11,011 Interest income 6 8 Interest expense (12,047) (11,569) Other (expense) income, net (194) 265 ------------- ------------- Loss before income taxes (4,018) (285) Provision for income taxes 604 334 ------------- ------------- Net loss $ (4,622) $ (619) ============= ============= EBITDA TABLE: Net loss $ (4,622) $ (619) Add: Interest expense, net 12,041 11,561 Provision for income taxes 604 334 Depreciation and amortization 1,873 2,172 ------------- ------------- EBITDA (1) 9,896 13,448 Add(deduct) Restructuring (a) 175 12 Stock-based compensation expense (b) 77 105 Management fees (c) 300 300 Reserves (e) 101 196 Other expense (income), net (g) 223 (121) ------------- ------------- Total adjustments 876 492 ------------- ------------- Adjusted EBITDA $ 10,772 $ 13,940 ============= =============



STRATUS TECHNOLOGIES BERMUDA HOLDINGS LTD. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited) For the fiscal thirty-nine week periods ended November 27, 2011 and November 28, 2010 November 27, November 28, 2011 2010 ------------- ------------- (In thousands) REVENUE Product $ 52,439 $ 52,835 Service 99,563 101,359 ------------- ------------- Total revenue 152,002 154,194 ------------- ------------- COST OF REVENUE Product 24,261 24,721 Service 42,343 44,186 ------------- ------------- Total cost of revenue 66,604 68,907 ------------- ------------- Gross profit 85,398 85,287 ------------- ------------- OPERATING EXPENSES Research and development 21,056 20,514 Sales and marketing 23,383 21,826 General and administrative 15,882 14,707 Amortization of intangibles - 52 Restructuring charges 175 55 (Gain) on sale of subsidiary - (3,655) Management fees 900 817 ------------- ------------- Total operating expenses 61,396 54,316 ------------- ------------- Profit from operations 24,002 30,971 Interest income 17 73 Interest expense (36,201) (32,071) Loss on extinguishment of debt (1,222) (3,751) Other expense, net (2,209) (1,579) ------------- ------------- Loss before income taxes (15,613) (6,357) Provision for income taxes 1,229 827 ------------- ------------- Net loss $ (16,842) $ (7,184) ============= ============= EBITDA TABLE: Net loss $ (16,842) $ (7,184) Add: Interest expense, net 36,184 31,998 Provision for income taxes 1,229 827 Depreciation and amortization 5,790 7,106 ------------- ------------- EBITDA (1) $ 26,361 $ 32,747 Add(deduct) Restructuring (a) 175 55 Stock-based compensation expense (b) 251 372 Management fees (c) 900 817 (Gain) on sale of subsidiary (d) - (3,655) Reserves (e) 540 771 Loss on extinguishment of debt (f) 1,222 3,751 Other expense, net (g) 2,771 2,216 ------------- ------------- Total adjustments 5,859 4,327 ------------- ------------- Adjusted EBITDA $ 32,220 $ 37,074 ============= =============

1. EBITDA represents income (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. We present EBITDA because we consider it an important supplemental measure of our performance and believe it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. In addition to other applications, EBITDA is used by us and others in our industry to evaluate and price potential acquisition candidates.

Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA with certain additional adjustments, as calculated pursuant to the requirements of the interest maintenance covenant under our Revolving Credit Facility. We present Adjusted EBITDA because we believe that it allows investors to assess our ability to meet the interest maintenance covenant under our Revolving Credit Facility.

Our management also uses Adjusted EBITDA internally as a basis upon which to assess our operating performance, and Adjusted EBITDA is also a factor in the evaluation of the performance of our management in determining compensation. In evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses similar to the adjustments in this presentation. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP'). Some of these limitations are:

  • EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect our cash expenditures, or future requirements for capital expenditures, or contractual commitments;
  • EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
  • EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on our debts;
  • Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements;
  • EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect the impact of earnings or charges resulting from matters we consider not to be indicative of our ongoing operations; and
  • Other companies in our industry may calculate EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as measures of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA only supplementally, as described above. See the Statements of Cash Flows attached to this report.

(a) As a result of a change of approach in the utilization of marketing and customer service resources, on November 21, 2011, we implemented a restructuring program in order to align its resources to meet its objectives. The restructuring program consisted of a reduction of workforce of 3 marketing professionals and one customer service professional. We recorded a charge of $175 related to severance and fringe benefits.

In order to better align expenses with anticipated revenues, we also implemented restructuring programs in prior years. These programs were designed to streamline our business model and centralize certain functions. The expense for the quarter-to-date year-to-date fiscal periods ended November 28, 2010 reflect changes to prior estimates of these liabilities.

(b) In the quarter-to-date and year-to-date fiscal periods ended November 27, 2011 we recorded non-cash stock-based compensation expense charges of $0.1 and $0.3 million, respectively. In the quarter-to-date and year-to-date fiscal periods ended November 28, 2010, we recorded non-cash stock-based compensation expense charges of $0.1 and $0.4 million, respectively. These expenses related to share-based awards to employees.

(c) On April 30, 2010 we entered into a four year advisory and strategic planning agreement with an investment banking firm. The yearly fee is $0.5 million.

On October 1, 2005, we entered into an Agreement for Management, Advisory, Strategic Planning and Consulting Services with Investcorp International, Inc., an affiliate of the Investcorp Group, and MidOcean US Advisor, LP, an affiliate of MidOcean, for an aggregate yearly fee of $0.7 million which renews on an annual basis. The payment of the yearly fee is restricted in the Senior Secured Notes and in the Second Lien Credit Facility until these credit facilities are paid in full.

The long-term accrued liability related to this yearly fee totaled $2.9 million and $2.4 million at November 27, 2011 and February 27, 2011, respectively.

(d) As a result of the sale of our proprietary Emergent Networks Solutions Voice over Internet Protocol ("VOIP") Software business and certain net assets related to our telecommunications business (collectively, the "Emergent Business") in January 2009, we recorded a gain on the sale in the year-to-date fiscal period ended November 28, 2010 of $3.7 million.

(e) In the quarter-to-date and year-to-date fiscal periods ended November 27, 2011, we incurred $0.1 million and $0.5 million of non-cash inventory write downs, respectively. In the quarter-to-date and year-to-date fiscal periods ended November 28, 2010, we incurred $0.2 million and $0.8 million of non-cash inventory write downs, respectively.

(f) In the year-to-date fiscal period ended November 27, 2011 we recorded a $1.2 million loss on extinguishment of debt related to the ECF payment related to the Senior Secured Notes. The loss is due to the write off of deferred financing fees along with debt discount and related fees offset by the reduction of the Excess Cash Flow embedded derivative liability.

In the year-to-date fiscal period ended November 28, 2010 we recorded $3.8 million loss on extinguishment of debt for the First Lien Credit Facility and the Second Lien Credit Facility due to the write off of deferred financing fees and debt discount as a result of the April 2010 Refinancing.

(g) In the quarter-to-date fiscal period ended November 27, 2011, we recorded other expense, net of $0.2 million, primarily consisting of $0.7 million expense due to the net change in fair value of the embedded derivatives related to the Senior Secured Notes and $0.1 of million bank fees offset by $0.6 million of net foreign currency gains. In the quarter-to-date fiscal period ended November 28, 2010, we recorded other income, net of $0.1 million, primarily consisting of $0.6 million income due to the net change in fair value of the embedded derivatives related to the Senior Secured Notes offset by $0.1 million of bank fees, $0.2 million of net foreign currency loss and $0.2 million of net miscellaneous and non-recurring charges.

In the year-to-date fiscal period ended November 27, 2011, we recorded other expense, net of $2.8 million, primarily consisting of $2.4 million expense due to the net change in fair value of the embedded derivatives related to the Senior Secured Notes, $0.4 million bank fees, $0.3 million of one-time public filing registration costs and $0.2 million of net miscellaneous and nonrecurring charges offset by $0.5 million of net foreign currency gains. For the nine months ended November 28, 2010, we recorded other expense, net, of $2.2 million, primarily consisting of $0.9 million of net foreign currency losses, $0.4 million of bank fees, $0.3 million expense due to the net change in fair value of the embedded derivatives related to the Senior Secured Notes and $0.6 million of net miscellaneous expenses and non-recurring charges.

STRATUS TECHNOLOGIES BERMUDA HOLDINGS LTD. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited) For the fiscal thirty nine week periods ended November 27, 2011 and November 28, 2010 November 27, November 28, 2011 2010 ------------- ------------- (Dollars in thousands) OPERATING ACTIVITIES Cash flows (used in) provided by operating activities: Net loss $ (16,842) $ (7,184) Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 5,790 7,106 Amortization of deferred financing costs 7,791 6,096 Stock-based compensation 251 372 Provision for doubtful accounts 179 136 Inventory provision 540 771 Loss on extinguishment of debt 1,222 3,751 Premium on excess cash flow payment (999) - Loss on change in fair value of embedded derivatives 2,384 297 Gain from sale of subsidiary - (3,655) Gain on retirement of property and equipment - (2) Interest payable-in-kind 5,836 4,701 Changes in assets and liabilities Accounts receivable 1,692 3,513 Inventory (1,014) (2,070) Prepaid expenses and other current assets (249) 943 Accounts payable 1,071 568 Accrued expenses (595) 784 Accrued interest payable (6,462) 1,372 Income taxes payable (178) (81) Deferred revenue (2,632) (10,720) Other long-term assets and liabilities 558 1,185 ------------- ------------- Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities (1,657) 7,883 ------------- ------------- INVESTING ACTIVITIES Cash flows used in investing activities: Acquisition of property and equipment (2,466) (4,850) Proceeds from sale of subsidiary - 3,555 Other long-term assets (45) (57) ------------- ------------- Net cash used in investing activities (2,511) (1,352) ------------- ------------- FINANCING ACTIVITIES Cash flows used in financing activities: Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt, Series B preferred stock and Series B ordinary stock - 207,281 Payments on long-term debt (4,997) (218,000) Payment of debt and equity issuance fees (308) (13,067) Proceeds from revolving credit facility - 8,000 Payments on revolving credit facility - (30,000) ------------- ------------- Net cash used in financing activities (5,305) (45,786) ------------- ------------- Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (57) 422 ------------- ------------- Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (9,530) (38,833) Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 28,100 56,768 ------------- ------------- Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 18,570 $ 17,935 ============= =============

Investor Relations Contact
Robert C. Laufer
Senior Vice President, CFO
Stratus Technologies
978-461-7343
bob.laufer@stratus.com


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