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Earnings Review and Free Research Report: Comtech Telecommunications Diluted EPS Soared 121.4%

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Earnings Reviewed

For three months ended July 31, 2017, Comtech's net revenue decreased 3% to $147.76 million from $152.38 million in Q4 FY16. During Q4 FY17, Comtech's Commercial Solutions segment's net revenue increased 11.9% to $93.2 million from $83.3 million in Q4 FY16. During Q4 FY17, Comtech's Government Solutions segment's net revenue decreased 21% to $54.6 million from $69.1 million in Q4 FY16. The Company's net revenue was below analysts' expectations of $150.7 million.

During FY17, Comtech's net revenue increased 33.9% to $550.37 million from $411.00 million in FY16.

During Q4 FY17, the Company's gross profit decreased 2.8% to $60.41 million from $62.21 million in Q4 FY16. For the reported quarter, the Company's gross margin was 40.8% of revenue, at par with 40.8% of revenue in the same period last year.

For the reported quarter, Comtech's adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) increased 54.4% to $29.07 million from $18.82 million in Q4 FY16. During Q4 FY17, the Company's adjusted EBITDA margin increased 730 basis points to 19.6% of revenue from 12.3% of revenue in Q4 FY16.

For the reported quarter, Comtech's selling, general, and administrative (SG&A) expenses decreased 22.3% to $26.48 million from $34.11 million in Q4 FY16. During Q4 FY17, the Company's research and development (R&D) expenses decreased 0.5% to $13.89 million from $13.97 million in the same period last year. For the reported quarter, Comtech's amortization expenses decreased 13.1% to $5.27 million from $6.07 million in Q4 FY16.

During Q4 FY17, Comtech's operating income increased 97.9% to $14.77 million from $7.46 million in Q4 FY16. For the reported quarter, the Company's operating margin increased 510 basis points to 9.9% of revenue from 4.8% of revenue in Q4 FY16.

During Q4 FY17, Comtech's net income increased 170.7% to $7.31 million on a y-o-y basis from $2.70 million in Q4 FY16. For the reported quarter, the Company's diluted EPS increased 121.4% to $0.31, on a y-o-y basis from $0.14 in Q4 FY16. The diluted EPS surpassed analysts' expectations of $0.28.

During FY17, the Company's net income was $15.83 million compared to net loss of $7.74 million in FY16. During FY17, the Company's diluted EPS was positive $0.67 compared to negative diluted EPS of $0.46 in FY16.

On September 27, 2017, the Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share, payable on November 17, 2017, to stockholders of record at the close of business on October 18, 2017.

Balance Sheet

As on July 31, 2017, Comtech's cash and cash equivalents decreased 37.3% to $41.84 million from $66.81 million in Q4 FY16.

During Q4 FY17, the Company's net accounts receivable decreased 17.2% to $124.96 million from $150.97 million in Q4 FY16.

For the reported quarter, Comtech's net inventories decreased 15% to $60.60 million from $71.35 million in Q4 FY16.

During Q4 FY17, the Company's accounts payable decreased 12.1% to $29.40 million from $33.46 million in Q4 FY16.

For the reported quarter, Comtech's net long-term debt decreased 26.5% to $176.23 million from $239.97 million in Q4 FY16.

During Q4 FY17, the Company's book to bill ratio was 0.90 and backlog was $446.2 million.

Outlook

For FY18, Comtech expects revenue to be in the range of $550.0 million to $575.0 million and diluted EPS to be in the range of $0.41 to $0.44. The Company estimates effective tax rate to be 34.75% for fiscal 2018.

Stock Performance

On Friday, October 06, 2017, the stock closed the trading session at $20.62, slightly down 0.43% from its previous closing price of $20.71. A total volume of 139.34 thousand shares have exchanged hands. Comtech Telecommunications' stock price soared 10.98% in the last three months, 54.92% in the past six months, and 62.88% in the previous twelve months. Furthermore, since the start of the year, shares of the Company have skyrocketed 74.01%. The stock is trading at a PE ratio of 30.68 and has a dividend yield of 1.94%. At Friday's closing price, the stock's net capitalization stands at $480.45 million.

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