EX-99.1 2 dex991.htm PRESS RELEASE, DATED MAY 2, 2008 Press Release, dated May 2, 2008

Exhibit 99.1


LOGO   News Release

For Immediate Release


Kevin Borders

Vice President of Marketing and Product Development and Secretary

Tel: 419-468-7600


GALION, Ohio, May 2, 2008 – PECO II, Inc. (Nasdaq:PIII), a manufacturer of communications power systems and full-service provider of engineering and installation on-site services to the communications industry, today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2008.

PECO II reported net sales of $9.0 million in the first quarter of 2008, compared with $8.1 million in the first quarter of 2007, an 11 percent increase. The Company reported a net loss of $1.4 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2008, compared with a net loss of $2.4 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2007.

EBITDA was a loss of $0.9 million in the first quarter of 2008, compared with an EBITDA loss of $1.8 million for the first quarter of 2007. An explanation and reconciliation of GAAP net loss to EBITDA is included as Attachment A.

The $1.0 million reduction in net loss for the first quarter of 2008 compared with the first quarter of 2007 was driven by strong product revenue growth of $1.4 million resulting in strong product gross margin improvements of $0.4 million, combined with significant operating cost reductions of $0.7 million realized from the Company’s 2007 restructuring efforts.

Cash used by operating activities in the first quarter of 2008 was $968,000. While this included a net loss and decreases in accounts payable, it was offset by non-cash charges and decreases in accounts receivable and inventory.

Bookings increased during the first quarter of 2008, resulting in an increased sales backlog of $4.8 million. The first quarter backlog was a 9 percent increase from the $4.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. The bookings-to-billings ratio reflects customer orders received as compared with the same period’s billings and is an indication of future periods. For the first quarter of 2008, the ratio was 1.03 to 1.

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John Heindel, PECO II Chairman and CEO stated, “The first quarter financial performance represents a significant improvement over both first quarter 2007 and fourth quarter 2007 business performance. The Company delivered strong product revenue growth, which when combined with the completion of the strategic restructuring initiatives implemented in 2007, resulted in a significantly reduced operating loss. Year to date, the Company is gaining market share as evidenced by PECO II winning four new geographic markets from its existing customer base.”

Heindel added, “The Company must continue to take market share from the competition in order to return to EBITDA profitability in 2008. To achieve this, we continue to work with our customers to better understand their needs and aggressively work our strategic supplier base to ensure that we have the flexibility to respond to customer requests for products and systems.”

Conference Call on the Web

PECO II will hold a conference call with investors and analysts on Friday, May 2, 2008, at 10 a.m. Eastern time. The call will be available over the Internet at www.peco2.com. To listen to the call, go to the Web site to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay of the webcast will be archived and available shortly after the call.

About PECO II, Inc.

PECO II, headquartered in Galion, Ohio, provides engineering and on-site installation services and designs, manufactures and markets communications power systems and power distribution equipment. As the largest independent full-service provider of telecommunications power systems, the Company provides total power quality/reliability solutions and supports the power infrastructure needs of communications service providers in the local exchange, long-distance, wireless, broadband and Internet markets. Additional information about PECO II can be found at www.peco2.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this release that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements, which involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, a general economic recession; a downturn in our principal customers’ businesses; the growth in the communications industry; the ability to develop and market new products and product enhancements; the ability to attract and retain customers; competition and technological change; and successful implementation of the Company’s business strategy. In addition, this release contains time-sensitive information that reflects management’s best analysis only as of the date of this release. PECO II does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information or circumstances that arise after the date of this release. Further information concerning issues that could materially affect financial performance related to forward-looking statements can be found in PECO II’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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(In thousands, except for per share data)


     For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
     2008     2007  

Net sales:



   $ 7,290     $ 5,895  


     1,721       2,199  
     9,011       8,094  

Cost of goods sold:



     6,378       5,441  


     1,430       1,779  
     7,808       7,220  

Gross margin:



     912       454  


     291       420  
     1,203       874  

Operating expenses:


Research, development and engineering

     632       840  

Selling, general and administrative

     2,015       2,506  
     2,647       3,346  

Loss from operations

     (1,444 )     (2,472 )

Interest income, net

     64       102  

Loss before income taxes

     (1,380 )     (2,370 )

Income tax expense

     (9 )     (14 )

Net loss

   $ (1,389 )   $ (2,384 )

Net loss per common share:


Basic and diluted

   $ (0.05 )   $ (0.09 )

Weighted average common shares outstanding:


Basic and diluted

     27,470       27,174  

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(In thousands, except for share data)


     March 31,
    December 31,

Current assets:


Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 6,978     $ 7,935  

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $55 at March 31, 2008 and $90 at December 31, 2007

     2,835       3,685  

Inventories, net of allowance of $1,573 at March 31, 2008 and $1,906 at December 31, 2007

     10,258       11,433  

Cost and earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts

     305       514  

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     266       263  

Assets held for sale

     190       219  

Total current assets

     20,832       24,049  

Property and equipment, at cost:


Land and land improvements

     195       195  

Buildings and building improvements

     7,251       7,251  

Machinery and equipment

     2,888       2,869  

Furniture and fixtures

     5,516       5,527  
     15,850       15,842  

Less-accumulated depreciation:

     (11,462 )     (11,360 )

Property and equipment, net

     4,388       4,482  

Other assets:



     1,529       1,515  

Intangibles, net

     3,553       3,822  

Investment in joint venture

     2       2  

Total assets

   $ 30,304     $ 33,870  

Current liabilities:


Accounts payable

   $ 2,608     $ 4,485  

Billings in excess of cost and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts

     25       510  

Accrued compensation expense

     996       722  

Accrued income taxes

     61       81  

Other accrued expenses

     1,645       1,800  

Total current liabilities

     5,335       7,598  

Shareholders’ equity:


Common stock, no par value: 150,000,000 shares authorized; 27,487,297 and 27,391,574 shares issued at March 31, 2008 and December 31, 2007, respectively

     3,487       3,475  


     5,107       5,078  

Additional paid-in capital

     116,457       116,412  

Accumulated deficit

     (100,082 )     (98,693 )

Total shareholders’ equity

     24,969       26,272  

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

   $ 30,304     $ 33,870  

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Attachment A

EBITDA is not a financial measure calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income or any other financial measure so calculated and presented. We define EBITDA as net income/(loss) before interest expense, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and non-cash stock compensation expense. Other companies may define EBITDA differently. We present EBITDA because we believe it to be an important supplemental measure of our performance that is commonly used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry. Management also uses this information internally for forecasting and budgeting. You should not consider EBITDA in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss to EBITDA



     For the Three Months
Ended March 31,

(In thousands)

   2008     2007  

2008 and 2007 EBITDA Breakdown


Net Loss per GAAP

   $ (1,389 )   $ (2,384 )

Interest expense

   $ 6     $ 8  


   $ 9     $ 14  

Depreciation/ amortization

   $ 381     $ 424  

Non-cash stock-based compensation

   $ 63     $ 119  


   $ (930 )   $ (1,819 )