Tech/Ops Sevcon Reports Second Quarter Results

Apr 28, 2009
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Southborough, Mass. April 28, 2009..... Tech/Ops Sevcon, Inc. (NASDAQ symbol TO) reported a second quarter net loss of $293,000, or $0.09 per share.

Second quarter fiscal 2009 compared to second quarter fiscal 2008

  • Revenues in the second fiscal quarter were $4.9 million compared to $10.6 million last year. The 54% decrease in reported revenues was mainly due to a broad weakness in demand for the Company's products compared to fiscal 2008. Lower shipment volumes decreased revenues by $5 million. The strength of the US Dollar against the Euro and the British pound reduced reported revenues by $0.7 million compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2008.

  • Gross margin was 42.2% compared to 35.2% for the same quarter last year. A combination of currency effects, lower overheads and sales mix improved gross margins.

  • Operating expenses were $544,000 lower than last year. The reduction was due to lower operating spend of $298,000 offset by a restructuring charge of $303,000; currency fluctuations further reduced reported operating expense by $549,000. The restructuring charge related principally to the elimination of 21 employees in response to the substantial fall in demand for the company's products. The Company now has 102 employees world-wide, compared with 157 at the end of the second quarter last year.

  • The Company recorded an operating loss for the second fiscal quarter of $474,000 after reflecting the restructuring charge. In the quarter currency fluctuations generated a net benefit of $137,000.

  • Net loss for the second quarter was $293,000 compared to net income of $461,000 in the same quarter last year.

  • Fully diluted net loss per share was $0.09 compared to fully diluted net income per share of $0.14 in fiscal 2008.

Six months year-to-date 2009 compared to 2008

  • Revenue of $11.7 million was $9.1 million lower than last year; volumes shipped were 36% lower and currency fluctuations reduced reported revenue by a further 7.8%.

  • The operating loss was $0.4 million compared to an operating profit of $1.2 million last year, a decrease of $1.6 million.

  • Net loss for the first six fiscal months was $434,000 compared to net income of $774,000 last year.

  • Fully diluted net loss per share was $0.13 in the first six months compared to fully diluted net income per share of $0.24 in fiscal 2008.

Tech/Ops Sevcon, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of microprocessor based controls for zero emission electric vehicles. The controls are used to vary the speed and movement of vehicles, to integrate specialized functions, and to prolong the shift life of the vehicles' batteries. Sevcon supplies customers throughout the world from its operations in the United Kingdom, the USA, France, and the Far East, and through an international dealer network. The Company's customers are manufacturers of fork lift trucks, aerial lifts, mining vehicles, airport tractors, sweepers, and other battery powered vehicles.