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ECI Reports 11% Increase in Revenues for Second Quarter of 2006

01 августа 2006
ECI Telecom reported that revenues for the quarter ended June 30, 2006 reached $170 million, an 11% increase from the $153 million recorded in the second quarter of 2005 and a 5% increase over the first quarter 2006 revenues of $162 million. GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2006 reached $9.6 million, or $0.08 per share on a fully diluted basis. This compares with second quarter 2005 net income of $15.6 million, or $0.13 per share and $3.1 million, or $0.03 per share in the first quarter of 2006. Results for the second quarter of 2005 included a one-time $10.4 million gain on the sale of a receivable, a $3 million provision for an impairment of a loan granted by the company, $0.9 million for acquired in process R&D and less than one month's results of Laurel Networks, acquired in June 2005. In addition, results for the second quarter of 2006 include charges of an aggregate of $3.9 million for share-based compensation (as described below), which did not impact the results of the second quarter of 2005. Pro forma, non-GAAP, net income for the second quarter of 2006 was $14.8 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to $7.1 million, or $0.06 per fully diluted share in the first quarter of 2006. Results for the second quarter, both GAAP and pro forma non-GAAP, included a net gain of $4.1 million, or $0.03 per share, from the distribution of ECtel shares to ECI's shareholders in June 2006. Excluding the impact of this gain, pro forma-non GAAP- net income for the quarter was $10.7 million or $0.09 per fully diluted share and GAAP net income for the quarter was $5.6 million, or $0.05 per share. ECI's pro forma net income differs from results reported under U.S. GAAP due to adjustments made for the following on-going, non-cash items: the amortization of acquired intangible assets and the impact of share-based compensation. The results of operations provided by ECI, both GAAP and pro forma non-GAAP, include the impact of Veraz Networks, a private entity held 41% by ECI. ECI consolidates Veraz according to the equity method of accounting under "Company's equity in results of investee companies". As the financial statements of Veraz have not been available to ECI on a timely basis, starting from this quarter ECI is consolidating these results on a three month lag basis. In addition, ECI's results for the quarter reflect estimated accounting adjustments made by Veraz with respect to prior periods. These estimated adjustments, all of which are reflected in "Company's equity in results of investee companies," as well as the change in accounting principle noted above ,are not material to ECI's results of operations. Both GAAP and pro forma non-GAAP net income figures presented in this release incorporate those estimates.

Cash flow from operating activities totaled $9.1 million for the second quarter of 2006. As of June 30, 2006 and following the distribution of the ECtel shares, ECI Telecom's cash, including short and long-term deposits and marketable securities, totaled $259 million, or $2.15 per share, with no debt.

Revenues for the Optical Networks Division totaled $92 million for the second quarter of 2006, up 12% from the year ago period and compared to $89 million in the preceding quarter. Operating income for the division reached $14.8 million, up 67% compared to the second quarter of 2005 and compared to $12.7 million in the first quarter. Strong demand for cellular backhaul, particularly in emerging markets, continued to be a primary driver in the division's sales growth.

Revenues for the Broadband Access Division totaled $66 million for the second quarter of 2006, up 5% from the year ago period and an increase of $5 million over the previous quarter. The increase in the division's revenues resulted primarily from the recognition for the first time of revenues related to successful delivery of the first phase of Deutsche Telekom's High Speed Internet project. Operating income for the division totaled $3.9 million, compared to $6.4 million in the year ago period and $5.9 million in the preceding quarter.

Revenues for the Data Networking Division (formerly Laurel Networks) totaled $3 million for the second quarter of 2006, up from $2 million reported in the previous quarter, while the operating loss was $10.9 million, compared to $9.5 million in the previous quarter, reflecting the still relatively low revenues and continued intensive research and development efforts currently underway in the division. Rafi Maor, ECI Telecom President and CEO stated, "The strength of our second quarter results reflect the continued success of our strategic positioning in key growth segments of the communications market, such as IPTV and cellular backhaul, as well as a solid position in higher growth geographical markets- notably emerging markets in Asia and East Europe.

"ECI's Broadband Access division continued demonstrating technological leadership by being one of the first in the world to deploy next generation IPTV solutions in large-scale commercial projects. During the second quarter, we completed deliveries of phase one shipments for Deutsche Telekom's VDSL2-based High Speed Internet project. … We continued to deliver IPTV infrastructure solutions to France Telecom, providing a unique evolutionary path to offer next generation services by upgrading existing infrastructure. While we expect significant revenues from these deployments in the next few years, revenues in the division may be somewhat lower in the second half of the year, depending upon the rate of the deployment of our major customers. Overall, our competitive positioning in broadband access remains strong.

"ECI's Optical Networks Division continues to demonstrate strong business momentum. Strong new cellular subscriber growth in key emerging markets continued to drive strong demand for our cellular backhaul and wireline offerings. Highlighting this success, ECI was recently named by Voice and Data, a leading telecom magazine in India, as the largest transmission equipment vendor in India with a 31% market share. India is a key geographic market where cellular subscriber additions are currently estimated at approximately 5 millions per month. ECI expanded its relationship with key customers including Bharti, Hutchison and Tata in India, Ukrtelecom, the leading operator in the Ukraine and Vimpelcom in Russia. We also secured new customers wins in the Asia Pacific region such as South Korea's Dreamline Co...

"Our Data Networking Division experienced during the second quarter improved bookings and revenues and more importantly increased pipeline activity through both direct and indirect sales channels. We expect to continue to see increased order intake rates. Three weeks ago we announced the appointment of Tony Scarfo, a former senior executive at Juniper Networks, as new General Manager of the division. The unique combination of our Broadband Access, Optical Networks and Data Networking expertise is central to our strategy of developing advanced IP-based solutions providing our customers a clear pathway to next generation converged network deployments," concluded Maor.

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