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ModusLink Global Solutions Reports 2011 Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Financial Results
Company announces acceleration of investing and cost reduction plan
Announces favorable tax treatment of March 2011 special dividend

WALTHAM, Mass., Sep 27, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ModusLink Global Solutions(TM), Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNK) today reported financial results for its 2011 fourth quarter and fiscal year ended July 31, 2011.

Fourth Quarter Financial Summary

  • Net revenue of $198.8 million compared with $228.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010
  • Gross margin as a percentage of revenue of 8.9% compared to 10.7% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010
  • Operating loss of $4.4 million compared to operating loss of $25.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, which included goodwill impairment charges of $25.8 million
  • Non-GAAP operating income of $1.6 million compared to $4.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010

Full Year Fiscal 2011 Financial Summary

  • Net revenue of $876.5 million, compared to net revenue of $924.0 million in fiscal 2010
  • Gross margin as a percentage of revenue of 9.5% compared to 12.6% in the previous year
  • Operating loss of $35.0 million, including goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges of $27.2 million, compared to operating loss of $6.9 million, including goodwill impairment charges of $25.8 million, in the prior fiscal year
  • Non-GAAP operating income of $18.7 million compared to $44.8 million in fiscal 2010

"While our fourth quarter and fiscal 2011 full year results showed the effects of pressures such as pricing, the use of fewer materials in clients' packaged products and lower volumes in certain client programs, we concluded fiscal 2011 with revenue from new programs 18% higher than the prior fiscal year," said Joseph C. Lawler, chairman, president and chief executive officer of ModusLink Global Solutions.

"Despite the improvement in revenue from new programs for fiscal 2011, more work is needed to gain sufficient traction to improve our revenue trends. Therefore, we are accelerating the plan that we began in the second half of fiscal 2011, which includes investments in sales and marketing and a focus on cost reduction actions to position our business for top-line growth and renewed profitability. We expect to begin to see the benefits from these actions in the second half of fiscal 2012 as our programs take hold, with a much greater benefit in fiscal 2013," added Lawler.

ModusLink today announced cost reduction plans that are expected to result in annualized cost savings of between $30 and $40 million. The Company estimates approximately $15 to $20 million of benefit for the 2012 fiscal year. ModusLink intends to reinvest most of the savings realized in fiscal 2012 in sales and marketing, and other important initiatives to better penetrate its markets and create a more competitive platform.

Key components of the Company's investing and cost reduction plan include:

  • investments in sales and marketing, implementing price optimization strategies and refining sales processes to drive future sales growth;
  • cost alignment initiatives, including executing strategic sourcing initiatives, reducing labor costs and restructuring of facilities to better align capacity with product volumes from clients;
  • working capital improvements such as strengthening inventory management and other financial processes to improve cash flow; and
  • strengthening the Company's leadership team.

Fourth Quarter Financial Results

ModusLink reported net revenue of $198.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, a decrease of 12.9% compared to net revenue of $228.1 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. Revenue from the Company's base business in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 was $183.4 million, a decrease of 9.3% compared to the same period a year ago, primarily as a result of lower volumes from certain client programs and clients using less materials in their packaged products(1). Revenue generated from new programs for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 was $15.4 million, a decrease of 40.8% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 was $17.7 million, or 8.9% of revenue, compared to $24.4 million, or 10.7% of revenue, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. The decrease in gross margin as a percentage of revenue in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 was primarily due to lower volumes from certain client programs and a less profitable revenue mix. Also contributing to the decrease were higher inventory charges and severance costs, which had a 100 basis point unfavorable impact when comparing the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 to the year ago period.

Operating loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 was $4.4 million, compared to operating loss of $25.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, which included non-cash goodwill impairment charges of $25.8 million. Restructuring expenses for the fourth quarter were a credit of $0.4 million compared to a credit of $1.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. The credit in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 related to a recovery of costs associated with a facility that had been restructured in a previous year and the credit in the 2010 period was primarily driven by the reversal of restructuring charges accrued in previous years.

Other income (expense) was an expense of $3.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 compared to income of $0.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. The $4.1 million change was driven primarily by an unfavorable impact from foreign currency transactions and losses associated with the Company's @Ventures portfolio.

Net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 was $8.9 million, or ($0.21) per share, compared to net loss of $25.5 million, or ($0.58) per share, for the same period in fiscal 2010, which included goodwill impairment charges of $25.8 million.

Excluding net charges related to depreciation, amortization of intangible assets, share-based compensation, restructuring and impairment of goodwill, the Company reported non-GAAP operating income of $1.6 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, compared to $4.9 million for the same period in fiscal 2010.

As of July 31, 2011, the Company had working capital of approximately $184.2 million, compared to $222.6 million at July 31, 2010. Included in working capital as of July 31, 2011 were cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaling $111.4 million compared to $161.6 million at July 31, 2010. In the third quarter of fiscal 2011, ModusLink paid a special cash dividend of $40 million in aggregate, which was funded by cash on the Company's balance sheet. The Company concluded the quarter with no outstanding bank debt.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, net cash used for operating activities was $3.5 million compared to cash flow from operating activities of $7.4 million in the same period in 2010. Cash used for operating activities in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 reflected the net loss reported during the period.

"We worked to effectively manage expenses through a difficult year, while maintaining a sharp focus on creating value for our stockholders," said Steven G. Crane, chief financial officer of ModusLink Global Solutions. "After issuing a special cash dividend of $40 million in aggregate to our stockholders, we remain debt free, and have more than $100 million in cash. While we still face challenges, we have a solid financial foundation in place and a significant market opportunity in front of us. We believe we are well positioned to restructure our operations and invest in key areas of our business to put ModusLink on a trajectory of long-term growth and value creation for our stockholders."

Investing and Cost Reduction Plans

The Company's cost reduction plans are expected to result in annualized pre-tax savings of approximately $30 to $40 million. The Company expects to begin to realize the benefits of these actions mainly in the second half of fiscal 2012 and estimates approximately $15 to $20 million of benefit for the 2012 fiscal year. The majority of these savings are expected to be generated from executing strategic sourcing initiatives, reducing labor costs and restructuring of facilities to better align capacity with product volumes from clients.

The Company is planning to reinvest approximately $15 million of the savings realized in fiscal 2012 to support growth initiatives, including investments in sales and marketing as well as short-duration consulting and other projects. The Company is planning to reduce those expenses by $6 million in fiscal 2013 as the short-duration elements of the investments conclude.

In addition, the Company expects approximately $10 to $15 million of restructuring and other one-time costs associated with the cost reduction plan in fiscal 2012.

"We are taking aggressive action to improve ModusLink's revenue trends and profitability," said Lawler. "We are making progress strengthening our sales and marketing organization, and with the cost reduction actions we are taking, we expect to see meaningful improvements in operating profitability in fiscal 2013."

Outlook

For the first quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company expects a sequential increase in revenue, compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, at a rate that is similar to the seasonal increase that the Company has experienced in recent years.

Tax Treatment for 2011 Special Dividend

ModusLink also announced favorable tax treatment of the special cash dividend of $40 million in aggregate that was distributed to ModusLink stockholders in March 2011. ModusLink, in conjunction with outside tax advisors, has completed a review and analysis of the Company's current and cumulative earnings and profits as of the year ended fiscal 2011 to determine the tax treatment of the special dividend. ModusLink has concluded that the entire portion of the special dividend will be treated as a return of capital for U.S. Federal income tax purposes.

IRS Circular 230 Disclosure

The discussion contained in this press release as to tax matters is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of avoiding United States federal income tax penalties. Such discussion is written to support matters addressed in this press release. Each taxpayer should seek advice based on the taxpayer's particular circumstance from an independent tax advisor.

Conference Call Information

As previously announced, ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. will hold a conference call to discuss its 2011 fourth quarter and fiscal year financial results at 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. Investors can listen to the conference call on the Internet at http://www.ir.moduslink.com. To listen to the live call, go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the start time to download and install the necessary audio software.

About ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc.

ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. designs and executes global value chain strategies to solve clients' cost, time-to-market, customer satisfaction and revenue objectives. Our supply chain, aftermarket, e-Business and entitlement management solutions support the end-to-end product lifecycles of the world's leading technology and consumer goods companies. ModusLink has more than 25 years of experience executing complex supply chain processes such as sourcing, configuration and fulfillment. We can manage these critical functions seamlessly with a client's global e-Business initiative or an integrated aftermarket program, including alternative channel recovery for at-risk inventory. Backed by a footprint of more than 25 solution centers in 14 countries, ModusLink clients can react quickly to shifting market dynamics impacting value chain performance and revenues. For more information about ModusLink's flexible, scalable and sustainable solutions, visithttp://www.moduslink.com or http://www.valueunchained.com, the blog for value chain professionals.

(1) New programs defined as client programs that have been executed for fewer than 12 months. Base business defined as client programs that have been executed for 12 months or more.

Non-GAAP Information

The Company believes that its non-GAAP measure of operating income/(loss) ("non-GAAP operating income/(loss)") provides investors with a useful, supplemental measure of the Company's operating performance by excluding the impact of non-cash charges and restructuring activities. Each of the excluded items was excluded because it may be considered to be of a non-operational or non-cash nature. Historically, the Company has recorded significant impairment and restructuring charges. These charges, as well as charges related to depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and stock-based compensation, have been excluded for the purpose of enhancing the understanding by both management and investors of the underlying baseline operating results and trends of the business, which management uses to evaluate our financial performance for purposes of planning and forecasting future periods. Non-GAAP operating income/(loss) does not have any standardized definition and, therefore, is unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other reporting companies. Non-GAAP operating income/(loss) should not be evaluated in isolation of, or as a substitute for, the Company's financial results prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles. The Company's usage of non-GAAP operating income/(loss), and the underlying methodology in excluding certain charges, is not necessarily an indication of the results of operations that may be expected in the future, or that the Company will not, in fact, incur such charges in future periods. A table reconciling the Company's non-GAAP operating income/(loss) to its GAAP operating income/(loss) and its GAAP net income/(loss) is included in the statement of operations information in this release.

ModusLink Global Solutions is a registered trademark of ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. All other company names and products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

This release contains forward-looking statements, which address a variety of subjects including, for example, the Company's investment and cost reduction plan and timing and impact of the expected benefits of such program; the amount of expected cost savings in fiscal 2012 and on an annualized basis and resulting benefits in fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2013; the amount and intended use of reinvested savings; the expected reduction in short-duration project expenditures; the expected amount of restructuring and other one-time costs associated with the cost reduction plan in fiscal 2012; the expected growth in revenue and profits as a result of the investing and cost reduction plan; and expectations as to revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2012 as compared with the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011.All statements other than statements of historical fact, including without limitation, those with respect to the Company's goals, plans, expectations and strategies set forth herein are forward-looking statements. The following important factors and uncertainties, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements: the Company's success, including its ability to meet its revenue, operating income and cost savings targets, maintain and improve its cash position, expand its operations and revenue, lower its costs, improve its gross margins, reach and sustain profitability, reach its long-term objectives and operate optimally, depends on its ability to execute on its business strategy, including the announced investment and costs savings plan and the continued and increased demand for and market acceptance of its services; global economic conditions, especially in the technology sector are uncertain and subject to volatility; demand for our clients' products may decline or may not achieve the levels anticipated by our clients; the Company's management may face strain on managerial and operational resources as they try to oversee the expanded operations; the Company may not realize the expected benefits of its restructuring and cost cutting actions; the Company may not be able to expand its operations in accordance with its business strategy; the Company's cash balances may not be sufficient to allow the Company to meet all of its business and investment goals; the Company may experience difficulties integrating technologies, operations and personnel in accordance with its business strategy; the Company derives a significant portion of its revenue from a small number of customers and the loss of any of those customers could significantly damage the Company's financial condition and results of operations; the Company frequently sells to its supply chain management clients on a purchase order basis rather than pursuant to contracts with minimum purchase requirements, and therefore its sales and the amount of projected revenue that is actually realized are subject to demand variability; risks inherent with conducting international operations; tax rate expectations are based on current tax law and current expected income and may be affected by the jurisdictions in which profits are determined to be earned and taxed, changes in estimates of credits, benefits and deductions, the resolution of issues arising from tax audits with various tax authorities, including payment of interest and penalties and the ability to realize deferred tax assets;the mergers and acquisitions and IPO markets are inherently unpredictable and liquidity events for companies in the Company's venture capital portfolio may not occur; and increased competition and technological changes in the markets in which the Company competes.For a detailed discussion of cautionary statements that may affect the Company's future results of operations and financial results, please refer to the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Forward-looking statements represent management's current expectations and are inherently uncertain. We do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements made by us.

ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
Three months ended Years ended
July 31, July 31,
2011 2010 Fav (Unfav) 2011 2010 Fav (Unfav)
Net revenue $ 198,798 $ 228,133 -12.9 % $ 876,466 $ 923,996 -5.1 %
Cost of revenue 181,144 203,686 11.1 % 792,833 807,393 1.8 %
Gross profit 17,654 24,447 -27.8 % 83,633 116,603 -28.3 %
8.9 % 10.7 % -1.8 % 9.5 % 12.6 % -3.1 %
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative 21,390 24,586 13.0 % 85,187 92,855 8.3 %
Amortization of intangible assets 1,037 1,679 38.2 % 5,457 6,308 13.5 %
Impairment of goodwill & intangible assets - 25,800 100.0 % 27,166 25,800 -5.3 %
Restructuring, net (406 ) (1,858 ) 78.1 % 795 (1,433 ) 155.5 %
Total operating expenses 22,021 50,207 56.1 % 118,605 123,530 4.0 %
Operating loss (4,367 ) (25,760 ) 83.0 % (34,972 ) (6,927 ) -404.9 %
Other income (expense) (3,673 ) 440 -934.8 % (9,186 ) (3,380 ) -171.8 %
Loss from continuing operations before taxes (8,040 ) (25,320 ) 68.2 % (44,158 ) (10,307 ) -328.4 %
Income tax expense 754 165 -357.0 % 4,527 5,162 12.3 %
Loss from continuing operations (8,794 ) (25,485 ) 65.5 % (48,685 ) (15,469 ) -214.7 %
Discontinued operations, net of income taxes:
Loss from discontinued operations (91 ) - -100.0 % (330 ) (2,318 ) 85.8 %
Net loss $ (8,885 ) $ (25,485 ) 65.1 % $ (49,015 ) $ (17,787 ) -175.6 %
Basic and diluted loss per share:
Loss from continuing operations $ (0.21 ) $ (0.58 ) 63.8 % $ (1.12 ) $ (0.35 ) -220.0 %
Loss from discontinued operations $ - $ - 0.0 % $ (0.01 ) $ (0.05 ) 80.0 %
Net loss $ (0.21 ) $ (0.58 ) 63.8 % $ (1.13 ) $ (0.40 ) -182.5 %
Shares used in computing basic loss per share 43,317 43,652 43,294 44,104
Shares used in computing diluted loss per share 43,317 43,652 43,294 44,104
ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
July 31, July 31,
2011 2010
Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 111,225 $ 161,364
Available-for-sale securities 131 270
Accounts receivable, trade, net 146,411 159,768
Inventories, net 77,102 74,096
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 10,876 14,226
Total current assets 345,745 409,724
Property and equipment, net 47,299 52,906
Investments in affiliates 12,016 13,016
Goodwill 3,058 16,207
Other intangible assets, net 4,699 24,173
Other assets 9,545 9,760
$ 422,362 $ 525,786
Liabilities:
Current installments of obligations under capital leases $ 43 $ 40
Accounts payable 114,588 132,098
Current portion of accrued restructuring 1,456 2,632
Accrued income taxes 180 48
Accrued expenses 36,384 45,729
Other current liabilities 7,029 4,773
Current liabilities of discontinued operations 1,817 1,791
Total current liabilities 161,497 187,111
Long-term portion of accrued restructuring 8 1,000
Obligations under capital leases, less current installments 22 29
Other long-term liabilities 15,773 15,656
Non-current liabilities of discontinued operations 1,883 3,289
17,686 19,974
Stockholders' equity 243,179 318,701
$ 422,362 $ 525,786
ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations Information
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Three months ended Years ended
July 31, July 31, July 31, July 31,
2011 2010 2011 2010

Net revenue:

Americas 68,970 79,792 296,847 308,702
Asia 57,164 61,508 234,568 264,704
Europe 56,960 67,102 276,454 285,875
TFL 5,528 10,007 29,471 23,712
All other 10,176 9,724 39,126 41,003
$ 198,798 $ 228,133 $ 876,466 $ 923,996

Operating income (loss):

Americas (4,724 ) (15,944 ) (29,271 ) (24,472 )
Asia 10,228 7,617 30,010 49,393
Europe (4,068 ) 232 (5,053 ) (2,620 )
TFL (1,292 ) (11,509 ) (16,139 ) (12,244 )
All other 370 (3,173 ) 1,900 (2,947 )
514 (22,777 ) (18,553 ) 7,110
Other reconciling items (4,881 ) (2,983 ) (16,419 ) (14,037 )
$ (4,367 ) $ (25,760 ) $ (34,972 ) $ (6,927 )

Non-GAAP operating income (loss):

Americas (3,001 ) (980 ) (5,369 ) (2,383 )
Asia 11,634 9,292 36,997 56,291
Europe (2,417 ) (50 ) 1,327 1,927
TFL (1,212 ) (1,003 ) (4,026 ) (1,226 )
All other 841 93 3,823 1,755
5,845 7,352 32,752 56,364
Other reconciling items (4,259 ) (2,432 ) (14,043 ) (11,595 )
$ 1,586 $ 4,920 $ 18,709 $ 44,769

Note: Non-GAAP operating income represents total operating income, excluding net charges related to depreciation,

amortization of intangible assets, impairment of goodwill & intangible assets, share-based compensation, and restructuring.

TABLE RECONCILING NON-GAAP OPERATING INCOME TO GAAP OPERATING LOSS AND NET LOSS
NON-GAAP Operating income $ 1,586 $ 4,920 $ 18,709 $ 44,769
Adjustments:
Depreciation (4,461 ) (4,200 ) (16,782 ) (16,867 )
Amortization of intangible assets (1,037 ) (1,679 ) (5,457 ) (6,308 )
Impairment of goodwill & intangible assets - (25,800 ) (27,166 ) (25,800 )
Share-based compensation (861 ) (859 ) (3,481 ) (4,154 )
Restructuring, net 406 1,858 (795 ) 1,433
GAAP Operating loss $ (4,367 ) $ (25,760 ) $ (34,972 ) $ (6,927 )
Other income (expense), net (3,673 ) 440 (9,186 ) (3,380 )
Income tax expense (754 ) (165 ) (4,527 ) (5,162 )
Loss from discontinued operations (91 ) - (330 ) (2,318 )
Net loss $ (8,885 ) $ (25,485 ) $ (49,015 ) $ (17,787 )

SOURCE: ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc.

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