National Instruments Reports All-Time Record Revenue for Quarter and Year
AUSTIN, Texas -- Jan. 21, 2004 -- National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) reported record fourth quarter revenue of $122 million, an increase of 14 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2002 and a 16 percent sequential increase. This represents the highest quarterly revenue in NI history. Fully diluted earnings per share (EPS) for Q4 were 21 cents with a net income of $11.2 million up 13 percent from Q4 2002 and up 41 percent sequentially. In Q4 of 2003, NI took a $3.8 million charge to accrue for the expected legal costs of taking the company's most recent patent dispute to trial in early 2005. The after tax impact of this charge is equivalent to 5 cents per share.For 2003, revenue totaled $426 million, up 9 percent from $391 million in 2002, marking record annual revenue for National Instruments and the 26th year of growth in the company's 27-year history. The company also announced that the National Instruments Board of Directors declared a 3-for-2 stock split and a quarterly dividend of 5 cents per share on the company's common stock payable on Feb. 20, 2004, to holders of record on Feb. 5, 2004. All per-share data are presented prior to this split."Given our strong profitability, we made a strategic decision to aggressively increase our investments in R&D during the economic downturn," said Dr. James Truchard, NI CEO. "This strategy clearly paid off in 2003 with the highest number of new products introduced in the history of the company, resulting in the highest revenue in any year in our history."Q4 2003 and FY 2003 HighlightsRecord quarterly revenue for Q4 2003, up 14 percent from Q4 2002 and up 16 percent sequentially Record annual revenue for 2003 of $426 million Strong investment in R&D produces record output of new products in 2003 NI LabVIEW 7 Express awarded prestigious honors from: Control Engineering, Evaluation Engineering, Design News, EDN, Industrial Automation News, and Electronics Products Strong adoption of LabVIEW 7 Express by new customers Record cash and short-term investments of $195 million NI named to FORTUNE magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For list for fifth consecutive year "We are pleased to once again announce quarterly and annual records with revenue up 16 percent sequentially and net income up 41 percent sequentially," said Alex Davern, NI CFO. "With continued strong annual cash flow from operations of $63 million, we have increased our cash and short term investments to a record of $195 million and have demonstrated the outstanding operating leverage in our business."Geographically, the growth of revenue in U.S. dollar terms for Q4 2003 as compared to Q4 2002 was as follows: up 10 percent in the Americas, up 15 percent in Europe, and up 22 percent in Asia giving overall growth of 14 percent. In local currency terms, revenue was up 3 percent in Europe and 30 percent in Asia, for an overall growth of 11 percent.For Q1 2004, NI currently expects revenue to increase by approximately 20 percent year-over-year and estimates fully diluted earnings per share will be in the range of 21 to 25 cents per share, compared to 13 cents per share in Q1 2003. All per-share data are presented prior to the stock split.Interested parties can listen to a conference call today, Jan. 21, 2004, beginning at 4:00 p.m. CDT, at ni.com/call. Replay information will be available by calling (719) 457-0820, confirmation code #711190, from Jan. 21, 2004 at 7:00 p.m. CDT, through Jan. 28, 2004 at 12:00 a.m. CDT. This release contains "forward-looking statements," including R&D investment as a driver for growth, potential future operating leverage, and the company's expectations regarding record revenue for the year, revenue growth for the quarter, and estimated earnings for the quarter. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including the risk of adverse changes in the global economy, delays in the release of new products, fluctuations in customer demand for NI products, manufacturing inefficiencies, and foreign exchange fluctuations. Actual results may differ materially from the expected results. The company directs you to documents filed with the SEC for other risks associated with the company's future performance.About National InstrumentsNational Instruments (www.ni.com) is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation -- a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs for customers worldwide through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,000 employees and direct operations in 40 countries. In 2003, the company sold products to more than 25,000 different companies in more than 80 countries around the world. For the past five consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.Readers may obtain investment information from the company's investor relations department at (512) 683-5090, by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Web at www.ni.com/nati.
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