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Apr 26, 2011

Mercury Computer Systems Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2011 Results

CHELMSFORD, Mass., Apr 26, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY), a trusted provider of commercially developed ISR subsystems, reported operating results for its third quarter of fiscal 2011 ended March 31, 2011. All results are presented and compared on a continuing operations basis.

 

Third Quarter Fiscal 2011 Results

Third quarter fiscal 2011 revenues were $59.9 million, an increase of $16.3 million from the third quarter of the prior fiscal year. Revenues from defense customers increased by $9.9 million and revenues from commercial customers increased by $6.4 million as compared with the prior year's third quarter.

GAAP income from continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was $5.4 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, including the effect of the Company's recent secondary stock offering, compared to $3.7 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, for the prior year's third quarter.

Third quarter fiscal 2011 GAAP income from continuing operations includes approximately $2.0 million in tax expense, $1.7 million in depreciation expense, $1.3 million in stock-based compensation costs, $0.7 million in amortization of acquired intangible assets, $0.1 million in fair value adjustments from purchase accounting, and $0.1 million in acquisition costs and other related expenses. Third quarter fiscal 2011 adjusted EBITDA (earnings from continuing operations before interest income and expense, income taxes, depreciation, amortization of acquired intangible assets, restructuring, impairment of long-lived assets, acquisition costs and other related expenses, fair value adjustments from purchase accounting, and stock-based compensation costs) was $11.3 million, compared to $4.2 million for the prior year's third quarter.

Cash flows from operating activities were a net inflow of $5.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2011, compared to a net inflow of $4.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2010. Free cash flow, defined as cash flow from operating activities less capital expenditures for property and equipment, in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was a net inflow of $3.7 million, compared to a net inflow of $2.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2010. Cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2011 were $156.4 million, an increase of $68.0 million from December 31, 2010, primarily the result of additional cash generated by a secondary stock offering of $94.1 million, net of underwriting fees, and operating activities, less $31.0 million spent for the acquisition of LNX Corporation.

"Mercury continued to deliver very good financial results in the third quarter, while closing the LNX acquisition and completing a successful follow-on stock offering that increased our liquidity by $94 million," said Mark Aslett, President and CEO, Mercury Computer Systems. "Total revenue came in at the high end of our guidance range. Adjusted EBITDA also exceeded our guidance, as did GAAP income from continuing operations per diluted share - even after the effect of our secondary offering."

"Total third-quarter defense revenue in our ACS and Mercury Federal Systems businesses grew approximately 29% and defense bookings grew 9% year-over-year," Aslett said. "The major programs driving this revenue growth were Global Hawk, Patriot, an upgrade to a long-range airborne bomber, and the Joint Strike Fighter. In addition, we won eight new defense designs in the quarter focusing on radar, electronic warfare, and EO/IR."

"The defense prime contractors are making significant changes in response to both the ongoing challenge of procurement reform and the immediate impacts of the defense budget delays over the past six months," said Aslett. "Having successfully positioned Mercury as the commercial item outsourcing partner to the primes as they seek the rapid development of more open and affordable ISR subsystem solutions, we are ideally situated to help them navigate this period of change."

"During the third quarter, the government's presolicitation for the JCREW 3.3 program was very helpful in firming up the specifics of the low rate initial production phase," said Aslett. "We believe that JCREW 3.3 has the potential to have a major positive impact on Mercury's 2013 fiscal year and beyond."

Backlog

Mercury's total backlog at March 31, 2011 was $85.5 million, an $11.3 million sequential decrease from December 31, 2010, and a $31.1 million decrease from March 31, 2010. Of the March 31, 2011 total backlog, $70.3 million represents orders scheduled to be shipped over the next 12 months. The book-to-bill ratio was 0.67-to-1 for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 compared to 1.14-to-1 for the third quarter of fiscal 2010. Total bookings decreased 20% year-over-year in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 due primarily to lower semiconductor bookings in ACS commercial. Total defense bookings increased 9% in the third quarter compared to a year ago although growth was affected by the federal government's continuing budget resolution, the delay in the approval of the government fiscal year 2011 defense budget, as well as slower foreign military sales.

Revenues by Operating Segment

Advanced Computing Solutions (ACS) -- Revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 from ACS were $58.1 million, representing an increase of $15.9 million from the third quarter of fiscal 2010, as a result of an increase of $9.5 million in defense and an increase of $6.4 million in commercial. Approximately 73 percent of ACS revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 related to defense business, as compared to approximately 78 percent in the third quarter of fiscal 2010.

Mercury Federal Systems (MFS)-- Revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 from MFS were $3.5 million, representing an increase of $1.1 million from the third quarter of fiscal 2010.

The revenues by operating segment do not include adjustments to eliminate inter-company revenues of $1.7 million included in those operating segments.

Business Outlook

This section presents our current expectations and estimates, given current visibility, on our business outlook for the upcoming fiscal quarter. It is possible that actual performance will differ materially from the estimates given, either on the upside or on the downside. Investors should consider all of the risks, including those listed in the Safe Harbor Statement below, with respect to these estimates, and make themselves aware of the risk factors that may impact our actual performance.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, revenues are expected to be in the range of approximately $57 million to $59 million. At this range, GAAP income from continuing operations per diluted share is expected to be in the range of $0.11 to $0.13.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 is expected to be in the range of $9.0 million to $10.0 million.

Recent Highlights

January -- Mercury Computer Systems announced the Ensemble Series 6U OpenVPX LDS6521 and the 3U OpenVPX SBC3510 modules based on the 2nd generation Intel® Core processor family. Mercury's new modules enable best-of-breed subsystem application performance for extremely demanding ISR, defense, and aerospace applications. These rugged, OpenVPX Building Blocks based on Intel® Core Processors deliver up to four times the raw performance of previous generations for deployment in harsh military and aerospace environments.

January -- Mercury confirmed it is providing Lockheed Martin with advanced radio frequency (RF) microwave tuner and intermediate frequency (IF) products as part of the U.S. Navy's Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (SEWIP) Block 2 upgrade program.

February -- Mercury announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 4,850,000 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $17.75 per share, before underwriting discounts and commissions. On February 16, 2011, Mercury closed the underwritten public offering of shares of the Company's common stock, par value $0.01 per share. The underwriters exercised in full their over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional 727,500 shares. As a result, at the closing Mercury issued 5,577,500 common shares for total proceeds to the Company, before expenses but after underwriting fees, of $94,050,594.

February -- Mercury announced it provided powerful subsystems for the world's first operational Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) system demonstrated outside lab conditions. The fourth-generation (4G) mobile telecommunications system, developed by South Korea's Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), uses a low-latency processing subsystem that combines multiple types of elements, leveraging Mercury's unique capability as a provider of integrated data plane platforms. The subsystem is based on Mercury's flexible, open standard Ensemble AdvancedTCA® Application Platform.

March -- Mercury announced it joined the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA), and released the first software product layered on OFA's OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) open software stack. Called OpenMPI/OFED, the new product gives designers of ISR subsystems a choice of including standards-based Open MPI middleware without sacrificing performance.

Conference Call Information

Mercury will host a conference call on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at 5:00 p.m. EDT to discuss the third quarter fiscal 2011 results and review its financial and business outlook going forward.

To listen to the conference call, dial (888) 208-1427 in the U.S.A. and Canada, and (913) 312-0685 in all other countries. The conference code number is 9257719. Please call five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time. This call will also be broadcast live over the web at www.mc.com/investor under "Financial Events."

A replay of the call by telephone will be available from approximately 8:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, through 8:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, May 8, 2011. To access the replay, dial (888) 203-1112 in the U.S.A. and Canada, and (719) 457-0820 in all other countries. Enter access code 9257719. A replay of the webcast of the call will be available for an extended period of time on the Financial Events page of the Company's website at www.mc.com/investor.

Use of Non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) Financial Measures

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, the Company provides adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow, which are non-GAAP financial measures. Adjusted EBITDA excludes certain non-cash and other specified charges. Free cash flow is defined as cash flow from operating activities less capital expenditures. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to help investors better understand its past financial performance and prospects for the future. However, the presentation of adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial information provided in accordance with GAAP. Management believes the adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow financial measures assist in providing a more complete understanding of the Company's underlying operational results and trends, and management uses these measures along with the corresponding GAAP financial measures to manage the Company's business, to evaluate its performance compared to prior periods and the marketplace, and to establish operational goals. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial results discussed in this press release is contained in the attached exhibits.

Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. - Where Challenges Drive Innovation®

Mercury Computer Systems (www.mc.com, NASDAQ: MRCY) is a best of breed provider of commercially developed, open, application-ready, multi-INT subsystems for the ISR market. With 25+ years' experience in embedded computing, superior domain expertise in radar, EW, EO/IR, C4I, and sonar applications, and more than 300 successful program deployments including Aegis, Global Hawk, and Predator, Mercury's Services and Systems Integration team leads the industry in partnering with defense and commercial customers to design and integrate system-level solutions that minimize program risk, maximize application portability, and accelerate customers' time to market.

Mercury is based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and serves customers worldwide through a broad network of direct sales offices, subsidiaries, and distributors.

Forward-Looking Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including those relating to fiscal 2011 business performance and beyond and the Company's plans for growth and improvement in profitability and cash flow. You can identify these statements by the use of the words "may," "will," "should," "plans," "expects," "anticipates," "continue," "estimate," "project," "intend," "likely," "probable," and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic and business conditions, including unforeseen weakness in the Company's markets, effects of continued geopolitical unrest and regional conflicts, competition, changes in technology and methods of marketing, delays in completing engineering and manufacturing programs, changes in customer order patterns, changes in product mix, continued success in technological advances and delivering technological innovations, continued funding of defense programs, the timing of such funding, changes in the U.S. Government's interpretation of federal procurement rules and regulations, market acceptance of the Company's products, shortages in components, production delays due to performance quality issues with outsourced components, inability to fully realize the expected benefits from acquisitions and divestitures or delays in realizing such benefits, challenges in integrating acquired businesses and achieving anticipated synergies, changes to export regulations, increases in tax rates, changes to generally accepted accounting principles, difficulties in retaining key employees and customers, unanticipated costs under fixed-price service and system integration engagements, and various other factors beyond our control. These risks and uncertainties also include such additional risk factors as are discussed in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made.

Ensemble and POET are trademarks; and Challenges Drive Innovation, Echotek, and RACE++ are registered trademarks of Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

MERCURY COMPUTER SYSTEMS, INC.
UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)   March 31,   June 30,
    2011   2010
         
Assets        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 156,421   $ 56,241
Marketable securities and related receivables     -     18,025
Accounts receivable, net     43,604     36,726
Unbilled receivables     1,151     6,938
Inventory     19,279     17,622
Deferred tax assets     6,076     5,393
Prepaid income taxes     159     2,546
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     3,231     2,363
Total current assets     229,921     145,854
         
Restricted cash     3,000     3,000
Property and equipment, net     12,792     10,298
Goodwill     79,813     57,653
Acquired intangible assets, net     17,387     1,141
Deferred tax assets, net     -     5,419
Other non-current assets     1,721     973
Total assets   $ 344,634   $ 224,338
         
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 7,030   $ 10,533
Accrued expenses     6,952     5,078
Accrued compensation     12,381     10,723
Income taxes payable     1,009     220
Deferred revenues and customer advances     7,546     8,051
Total current liabilities     34,918     34,605
         
Deferred gain on sale-leaseback     5,845     6,713
Deferred tax liabilities, net     1,087     -
Income taxes payable     1,825     1,836
Other non-current liabilities     6,805     2,072
Total liabilities     50,480     45,226
         
Shareholders' equity:        
Common stock     289     229
Additional paid-in capital     210,760     110,270
Retained earnings     81,862     67,671
Accumulated other comprehensive income     1,243     942
Total shareholders' equity     294,154     179,112
         
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   $ 344,634   $ 224,338
             
             
             
             
             

MERCURY COMPUTER SYSTEMS, INC.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    March 31,   March 31,
    2011   2010     2011   2010
Net revenues   $ 59,855     $ 43,603     $ 167,476     $ 136,192  
Cost of revenues (1)     26,973       18,800       72,294       58,222  
Gross margin     32,882       24,803       95,182       77,970  
                 
Operating expenses:                
Selling, general and administrative (1)     14,437       12,538       42,653       37,367  
Research and development (1)     10,683       10,629       32,061       30,726  
Impairment of long-lived assets     -       61       -       211  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets     663       434       1,299       1,302  
Restructuring     -       (11 )     -       243  
Acquisition costs and other related expenses     100       -       407       -  
Total operating expenses     25,883       23,651       76,420       69,849  
                 
Income from operations     6,999       1,152       18,762       8,121  
                 
Interest income     6       195       19       437  
Interest expense     (10 )     (147 )     (68 )     (317 )
Other income, net     390       264       1,310       799  
                 
Income from continuing operations before income taxes     7,385       1,464       20,023       9,040  
                 
Income tax expense (benefit)     2,007       (2,235 )     5,780       (999 )
                 
Income from continuing operations     5,378       3,699       14,243       10,039  
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax     -       (423 )     (52 )     (408 )
Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax     -       -       -       74  
Net income   $ 5,378     $ 3,276     $ 14,191     $ 9,705  
                 
Basic net earnings (loss) per share:                
Continuing operations   $ 0.20     $ 0.16     $ 0.59     $ 0.45  
Loss from discontinued operations     -       (0.02 )     -       (0.02 )
Gain on sale of discontinued operations     -       -       -       -  
Net income   $ 0.20     $ 0.14     $ 0.59     $ 0.43  
                 
Diluted net earnings (loss) per share:                
Continuing operations   $ 0.20     $ 0.16     $ 0.57     $ 0.44  
Loss from discontinued operations     -       (0.02 )     -       (0.02 )
Gain on sale of discontinued operations     -       -       -       -  
Net income   $ 0.20     $ 0.14     $ 0.57     $ 0.42  
                 
Weighted average shares outstanding:                
Basic     26,272       22,627       24,105       22,509  
Diluted     27,324       23,152       24,911       22,921  
                 
                 
(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense, allocated as follows:        
Cost of revenues   $ 63     $ 56     $ 170     $ 166  
Selling, general and administrative   $ 1,036     $ 687     $ 3,590     $ 2,405  
Research and development   $ 200     $ 200     $ 462     $ 397  
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
MERCURY COMPUTER SYSTEMS, INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS          
(In thousands)                  
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    March 31,     March 31,
    2011   2010     2011   2010
Cash flows from operating activities:                  
Net income   $ 5,378     $ 3,276       $ 14,191     $ 9,705  
Depreciation and amortization     2,323       1,746         5,939       5,092  
Other non-cash items, net     1,298       2,270         3,812       1,256  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities     (3,607 )     (2,771 )       (1,097 )     (3,758 )
                   
Net cash provided by operating activities     5,392       4,521         22,845       12,295  
                   
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities     (31,446 )     9,021         (19,194 )     6,239  
                   
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities     93,991       (7,152 )       96,457       (6,900 )
                   
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     47       237         72       240  
                   
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents     67,984       6,627         100,180       11,874  
                   
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     88,437       52,197         56,241       46,950  
                   
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period   $ 156,421     $ 58,824       $ 156,421     $ 58,824  
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   

UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES
(In thousands)

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure for reporting financial performance, excludes the impact of certain items and, therefore, has not been calculated in accordance with GAAP. Management believes that exclusion of these items assist in providing a more complete understanding of the Company's underlying operational results and trends, and management uses these measures along with the corresponding GAAP financial measures to manage the Company's business, to evaluate its performance compared to prior periods and the marketplace, and to establish operational goals. The adjustments to calculate this non-GAAP financial measure, and the basis for such adjustments, are outlined below:

Interest income and expense. The Company receives interest income on investments and incurs interest expense on loans, capital leases and other financing arrangements. These amounts may vary from period to period due to changes in cash and debt balances and interest rates driven by general market conditions or other circumstances outside of the normal course of Mercury's operations.

Income taxes. The Company's GAAP tax expense can fluctuate materially from period to period due to tax adjustments that are not directly related to underlying operating performance or to the current period of operations.

Depreciation. The Company incurs depreciation expense related to capital assets purchased to support the ongoing operations of the business. These assets are recorded at cost or fair value and are depreciated using the straight-line method over the useful life of the asset. Purchases of such assets may vary significantly from period to period and without any correlation to underlying operating performance.

Amortization of acquired intangible assets. The Company incurs amortization of intangibles related to various acquisitions it has made and license agreements. These intangible assets are valued at the time of acquisition, are amortized over a period of several years after acquisition and generally cannot be changed or influenced by management after acquisition.

Restructuring. The Company incurs restructuring charges in connection with management's decisions to undertake certain actions to realign operating expenses through workforce reductions and the closure of certain Company facilities, businesses and product lines. Management believes this item is outside the normal operations of the Company's business and is not indicative of ongoing operating results.

Impairment of long-lived assets. The Company incurs impairment charges of long-lived assets based on events that may or may not be within the control of management. Management believes these items are outside the normal operations of the Company's business and are not indicative of ongoing operating results.

Acquisition costs and other related expenses. The Company incurs costs associated with third-party professional services related to acquisition and potential acquisition opportunities, such as legal and accounting fees. Although we may incur such costs and other related charges and adjustments, it is not indicative that any transaction will be consummated. Management believes the exclusion of these items eliminates fluctuations in our selling, general, and administrative expenses related to acquisition activities which are unrelated to ongoing operations.

Fair value adjustments from purchase accounting. As a result of applying purchase accounting rules to acquired assets and liabilities, certain fair value adjustments are recorded in the opening balance sheet of acquired companies. These adjustments are then reflected in the Company's income statements in periods subsequent to the acquisition. In addition, the impact of any changes to originally recorded contingent consideration amounts are reflected in the income statements in the period of the change. Management believes these items are outside the normal operations of the Company and are not indicative of ongoing operating results.

Stock-based compensation expense. The Company incurs expense related to stock-based compensation included in its GAAP presentation of cost of revenues, selling, general and administrative expense and research and development expense. Although stock-based compensation is an expense of the Company and viewed as a form of compensation, these expenses vary in amount from period to period, and are affected by market forces that are difficult to predict and are not within the control of management, such as the market price and volatility of the Company's shares, risk-free interest rates and the expected term and forfeiture rates of the awards. Management believes that exclusion of these expenses allows comparisons of operating results that are consistent with periods prior to the Company's adoption of FASB ASC 718, and allows comparisons of the Company's operating results to those of other companies, both public, private or foreign, that disclose non-GAAP financial measures that exclude stock-based compensation.

Mercury uses adjusted EBITDA as an important indicator of the operating performance of its business. Management excludes the above-described items from its internal forecasts and models when establishing internal operating budgets, supplementing the financial results and forecasts reported to the Company's board of directors, determining the portion of bonus compensation for executive officers and other key employees based on operating performance, evaluating short-term and long-term operating trends in the Company's operations, and allocating resources to various initiatives and operational requirements. The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA permits a comparative assessment of its operating performance, relative to its performance based on its GAAP results, while isolating the effects of charges that may vary from period to period without any correlation to underlying operating performance. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial adjustments are useful to investors because they allow investors to evaluate the effectiveness of the methodology and information used by management in its financial and operational decision-making. The Company believes that trends in its adjusted EBITDA are valuable indicators of its operating performance.

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial information provided in accordance with GAAP. This non-GAAP financial measure may not be computed in the same manner as similarly titled measures used by other companies. The Company expects to continue to incur expenses similar to the adjusted EBITDA financial adjustments described above, and investors should not infer from the Company's presentation of this non-GAAP financial measure that these costs are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring.

The following table reconciles the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to the non-GAAP financial measure.

       
       
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  March 31,   March 31,
  2011   2010   2011   2010  
Income from continuing operations $ 5,378   $ 3,699     $ 14,243   $ 10,039  
Interest expense (income), net   4     (48 )     49     (120 )
Income tax expense (benefit)   2,007     (2,235 )     5,780     (999 )
Depreciation   1,660     1,312       4,640     3,790  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets   663     434       1,299     1,302  
Restructuring   -     (11 )     -     243  
Impairment of long-lived assets   -     61       -     211  
Acquisition costs and other related expenses   100     -       407     -  
Fair value adjustments from purchase accounting   148     -       148     -  
Stock-based compensation expense   1,299     943       4,222     2,968  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 11,259   $ 4,155     $ 30,788   $ 17,434  
               
               
               

Free cash flow, a non-GAAP measure for reporting cash flow, is defined as cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures for property and equipment and, therefore, has not been calculated in accordance with GAAP. Management believes free cash flow provides investors with an important perspective on cash available for investment and acquisitions after making capital investments required to support ongoing business operations and long-term value creation. The Company believes that trends in its free cash flow are valuable indicators of its operating performance and liquidity.

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial information provided in accordance with GAAP. This non-GAAP financial measure may not be computed in the same manner as similarly titled measures used by other companies. The Company expects to continue to incur expenditures similar to the free cash flow financial adjustment described above, and investors should not infer from the Company's presentation of this non-GAAP financial measure that these expenditures reflect all of the Company's obligations which require cash.

The following table reconciles the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to the non-GAAP financial measure.

    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    March 31,   March 31,
    2011     2010     2011     2010  
Cash flows from operations   $ 5,392     $ 4,521     $ 22,845     $ 12,295  
Capital expenditures for property and equipment     (1,738 )     (2,148 )     (5,336 )     (4,948 )
Free cash flow   $ 3,654     $ 2,373     $ 17,509     $ 7,347  
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 

MERCURY COMPUTER SYSTEMS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF FORWARD-LOOKING GUIDANCE RANGE
Quarter Ending June 30, 2011
(In thousands, except per share data)

The Company defines adjusted EBITDA as income from continuing operations before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization of acquired intangible assets, restructuring, impairment of long-lived assets, acquisition costs and other related expenses, fair value adjustments from purchase accounting, and stock-based compensation costs.

The following table reconciles the adjusted EBITDA financial measure to its most directly comparable GAAP measure:

    Range
    Low   High
         
GAAP expectation -- Income from continuing operations per diluted share (1)   $ 0.11     $ 0.13  
         
         
GAAP expectation -- Income from continuing operations   $ 3,363     $ 4,027  
         
Adjust for:        
Interest expense, net     6       6  
Income tax expense     1,677       2,008  
Depreciation     1,845       1,845  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets     712       712  
Restructuring     -       -  
Impairment of long-lived assets     -       -  
Acquisition costs and other related expenses     -       -  
Fair value adjustments from purchase accounting     (92 )     (92 )
Stock-based compensation expense     1,447       1,447  
Adjusted EBITDA expectation   $ 8,958     $ 9,953  
         
         
(1) Assumes weighted shares outstanding on a diluted basis of 30,022.    

SOURCE: Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.

Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
Robert Hult, CFO, 978-967-1990