IEC Announces Strong Third Quarter Results for Fiscal 2012

NEWARK, NY--(Marketwire -07/31/12)- IEC Electronics Corp. (IEC) announced its results for the fiscal third quarter ending June 29, 2012.

For the quarter ended June 29, 2012 the Company reported revenue of $36,022,000, and net income of $2,203,000 or $0.22 per diluted share. This compares to revenue of $34,626,000, and net income of $1,333,000 or $0.13 per diluted share for the quarter ended July 1, 2011.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 were $4,844,000 or $0.48 per diluted share, compared to $3,483,000 or $0.35 per diluted share for the same quarter last year. The Company views EBITDA as a useful measure of operating performance given its strong operating margins and large net operating loss carryforward (NOL). EBITDA and EBITDA per basic and diluted shares are reconciled to GAAP measures in the attachment to this release.

IEC had revenue of $107,900,000 and net income of $5,759,000 or $0.58 per diluted share for the first nine months of fiscal 2012. This compares to revenue of $98,355,000 and net income of $4,129,000 or $0.42 per diluted share for the first nine months of fiscal 2011.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 were $13,199,000 or $1.33 per diluted share, compared to $9,925,000 or $1.00 per diluted share for the same period last year.

W. Barry Gilbert, Chairman of the Board and CEO, stated, "For the second quarter in a row we have achieved financial results well above our historic metrics, specifically gross margins of 20.6% and operating margin of 9.8%. During the third quarter, cost containment and product mix were important drivers of our higher margins. The gross and operating margin results were some of the best in the company's history, and particularly strong for our industry. We are making solid progress toward our previously discussed 18 month goal of improving our margins to the point where they are consistently above this level.

"I am most proud of IEC's very strong operational results. However, operational strength is only part of our story. The management team has created a solid company by melding together four acquisitions and starting a fifth company. It took us two years to address most of the integration issues. The acquired businesses are growing and are starting to capture synergies among them. All of our businesses are now competing for new business opportunities that were unavailable to us several years ago. They will continue to grow at very respectable rates, broadly speaking between 9 and 14%. Now it is time for us to continue moving forward and take some larger steps growing the company through acquisitions or starting new businesses to better support the markets we serve.

"The quarter was not what we envisioned in either sales growth or debt reduction. We experienced some softness in our industrial and medical sectors, and at the present time those sectors appear to be back on track. With respect to our debt we believe our debt can be reduced to approximately $26 million by the conclusion of our fiscal year at the end of September.

"Our Company continues to move forward as we maintain our long run perspective toward our business. We are confident that we are creating future value for our shareholders and opportunity for our employees."

Conference Call
IEC will host a conference call with investors at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time today, July 31, 2012 to discuss its financial results for the quarter ended June 29, 2012. The call may be accessed in the U.S. and Canada by dialing toll-free 1-877-407-9210. International callers may access the call by dialing 1-201-689-8049. To access a live webcast of the conference call, log onto the IEC website at http://www.iec-electronics.com or http://www.InvestorCalendar.com. A replay of the teleconference will be available for 30 days after the call and may be accessed domestically by dialing 1-877-660-6853 and international callers may dial 1-201-612-7415. Callers must enter account number 286 and conference number 397869.

About IEC Electronics
IEC Electronics Corporation is a premier provider of electronic manufacturing services ("EMS") to advanced technology companies primarily in the military and aerospace, medical, industrial and computing sectors. The Company specializes in the custom manufacture of high reliability, complex circuit cards, system level assemblies, a wide array of custom cable and wire harness assemblies, precision sheet metal products, and advanced research and testing services. As a full service EMS provider, IEC is a world-class ISO 9001:2008, AS9100 and ISO13485 certified company. The AS9100 certification enables IEC to serve the military and commercial aerospace markets. The ISO13485 certification supports the quality requirements of medical device markets. The Company is also ITAR registered and NSA approved under the COMSEC standard. Dynamic Research and Testing Laboratory (DRTL) the Company's newest business unit, is an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory specializing in the testing and detection of counterfeit electronic parts, as well as component risk mitigation and advanced failure analysis. IEC Electronics is headquartered in Newark, NY (near Rochester) and also has operations in Victor, NY, Rochester, NY, Albuquerque, NM and Bell Gardens, CA. Additional information about IEC can be found on its web site at www.iec-electronics.com.

The foregoing, including any discussion regarding the Company's future prospects, contains certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including uncertainties associated with economic conditions in the electronics industry, particularly in the principal industry sectors served by the Company, changes in customer requirements and in the volume of sales to principal customers, competition and technological change, the ability of the Company to control manufacturing and operating costs, the ability of the Company to develop and maintain satisfactory relationships with vendors, and the ability of the Company to efficiently integrate acquired companies into its business. The Company's actual results of operations may differ significantly from those contemplated by any forward-looking statements as a result of these and other factors, including factors set forth in the Company's 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking information, whether as a result of new, updated information future events or otherwise.

  IEC ELECTRONICS CORP - CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET JUNE 29, 2012 AND SEP 30, 2011 (In Thousands) JUN 29, 2012 SEP 30, 2011 ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS Cash - - Accounts Receivable 22,678 19,423 Inventories 19,566 16,093 Deferred Income Taxes 3,863 3,863 Other Current Assets 560 1,834 ------------ ------------ Total Current Assets 46,667 41,213 ------------ ------------ NET FIXED ASSETS 17,523 17,886 NON-CURRENT ASSETS Goodwill 13,810 13,810 Intangible Assets 5,625 5,964 Deferred Income Taxes 3,664 6,768 Other Non-Current Assets 135 179 ------------ ------------ TOTAL ASSETS 87,424 85,820 ============ ============ LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY CURRENT LIABILITIES Short Term Borrowings 6,750 6,896 Accounts Payable 13,473 12,750 Accrued Payroll and Related Taxes 2,987 3,092 Other Accrued Expenses 698 851 Other Current Liabilities 200 332 ------------ ------------ Total Current Liabilities 24,108 23,921 ------------ ------------ LONG TERM DEBT 23,771 28,213 ------------ ------------ TOTAL LIABILITIES 47,879 52,134 SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Authorized - 50,000,000 shares Issued - 10,966,167 Outstanding - 9,950,709 Common stock, par value $.01 per share 109 108 Treasury Shares at Cost - 1,015,458 shares (1,435) (1,435) Additional Paid-in Capital 42,759 42,660 Retained Earnings (1,888) (7,647) ------------ ------------ TOTAL SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 39,545 33,686 ------------ ------------ TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY 87,424 85,820 ============ ============ IEC ELECTRONICS CORP - CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME FOR QUARTER END & YTD JUN 29, 2012 AND JUL 1, 2011 (In Thousands) ACTUAL ACTUAL ACTUAL ACTUAL QUARTER QUARTER YTD YTD JUN 29, 2012 JUL 1, 2011 JUN 29, 2012 JUL 1, 2011 Sales 36,022 34,626 107,900 98,355 Cost of Sales 28,607 28,056 86,743 79,620 ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ Gross Profit 7,415 6,570 21,157 18,735 Less: Operating Expenses Selling & Administrative Expenses 3,879 3,947 12,185 10,826 ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ Operating Profit 3,536 2,623 8,972 7,909 Interest and Financing Expense 285 491 930 1,214 Other (Income)/Expense (201) 4 (1,050) 134 ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ Net Income before Income Taxes 3,452 2,128 9,092 6,561 Provision for Income Tax 1,249 795 3,333 2,432 ------------ ------------ ------------ ------------ Net Income 2,203 1,333 5,759 4,129 ============ =========== ============ ============ Basic Earnings Per Share $ 0.23 $ 0.14 $ 0.60 $ 0.43 Diluted Earnings Per Share $ 0.22 $ 0.13 $ 0.58 $ 0.42 Basic Shares 9,682,423 9,776,888 9,665,095 9,524,874 Diluted Shares 10,008,393 10,021,932 9,931,172 9,932,446 IEC ELECTRONICS CORP - CONSOLIDATED RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO EBITDA FOR QUARTER END & YTD JUN 29, 2012 & JUL 1, 2011 ACTUAL ACTUAL ACTUAL ACTUAL QUARTER QUARTER YTD YTD JUNE 29, 2012 JUL 1, 2011 JUNE 29, 2012 JUL 1, 2011 Net Income 2,203 1,333 5,759 4,129 Provision for / (benefit from) Income Tax 1,249 795 3,333 2,432 Depreciation & Amortization Expense 1,107 864 3,177 2,150 Net Interest Expense / (Income) 285 491 930 1,214 ------------- ------------- ------------- ------------- EBITDA 4,844 3,483 13,199 9,925 Basic Earnings per Share 0.23 0.14 0.60 0.43 Basic EBITDA per Share 0.50 0.36 1.37 1.04 Diluted Earnings per Share 0.22 0.13 0.58 0.42 Diluted EBITDA per Share 0.48 0.35 1.33 1.00 Basic Shares 9,682,423 9,776,888 9,665,095 9,524,874 Diluted Shares 10,008,393 10,021,932 9,931,172 9,932,446