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Motorola Solutions Reports Second-Quarter Results
Posted: 28-Jul-2011 [Source: Motorola Solutions]

[Motorola Solutions reports a 6 percent increase in total sales from the second quarter of 2010 and authorizes initiation of a regular quarterly dividend.]

Sachaumburg, IL -- Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:MSI - News) announced today its second-quarter 2011 results highlighted by sales of $2.1 billion, up 6 percent from the second quarter of 2010 and driven by solid demand across both its Government and Enterprise segments.

In addition, the company announced today that its board of directors has authorized the initiation of a regular quarterly dividend of $0.22 per outstanding share of the company’s common stock. The first dividend will be payable on Oct. 14, 2011, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 15, 2011. As part of a broader return of capital plan, the company’s board has authorized a share repurchase program of up to $2.0 billion through the end of 2012. The company may repurchase shares from time to time in the open market or in other privately negotiated transactions, subject to market conditions.

Greg Brown, chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions, said: “Our solid revenue growth and improved operating leverage further demonstrate the strength of our business. Based on this performance, we have raised our full year outlook. Additionally, the dividend and share repurchase program reinforce our commitment to return capital to shareholders while maintaining strategic flexibility.”

GAAP operating earnings in the second quarter of 2011 were $170 million or 8 percent of sales, compared to $161 million or 8 percent of sales in the second quarter of 2010. GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations** were $0.17, compared to $0.01 in the second quarter of 2010.

Non-GAAP*** operating earnings in the second quarter of 2011 were $315 million or 15 percent of sales, compared to $267 million or 14 percent of sales in the second quarter of 2010. Non-GAAP earnings per share from continuing operations were $0.57, compared to $0.37 in the second quarter of 2010. Non-GAAP financial information excludes after-tax benefits of approximately $0.40 per diluted share related to stock-based compensation expense, intangible assets amortization expense and highlighted items. Details on these Non-GAAP adjustments and the use of Non-GAAP measures are included later in this press release.

During the second quarter of 2011, the company generated $102 million in operating cash flow from continuing operations. The company also retired $540 million in debt and ended the quarter with total cash* of $6.7 billion.

Government segment sales were $1.3 billion, up 4 percent from the year-ago quarter. GAAP operating earnings were $111 million or 8 percent of sales compared to $117 million or 9 percent of sales in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP operating earnings were $174 million or 13 percent of sales compared to $158 million or 13 percent of sales in the year-ago quarter.

Government highlights:

* Received $56 million award to implement a 700 MHz LTE Broadband Data System for the Mississippi Wireless Communication Commission

* Secured multi-million dollar public safety contracts in Bucks County, Pennsylvania; Fort Worth, Texas; Lower Saxony, Germany and Shenzhen, China

* Recognized for APX 7000XE P25 portable radio product design with Gold International Design Excellence Award (IDEA®), which fosters understanding of the impact of design excellence on the quality of life and the economy

Enterprise segment sales were $747 million, up 11 percent from the year-ago quarter. GAAP operating earnings were $59 million or 8 percent of sales compared to $44 million or 7 percent of sales in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP operating earnings were $141 million or 19 percent of sales compared to $109 million or 16 percent of sales in the year-ago quarter.

Enterprise highlights:

* Continued strong growth in the regions and vertical markets, especially in retail with major mobile computing contracts such as Macy's in North America, a leading Russian retailer, a major supermarket in the Netherlands and two major retailers in France

* Received “Strong Positive” rating in Gartner’s Rugged Handheld Computer MarketScope†

* Expanded and scaled WiNG 5 wireless LAN portfolio by introducing a powerful NOC controller and high-performance 802.11n access points that help enterprise and government customers support rapid growth of wireless devices and multimedia applications in their organizations

Results from Discontinued Operations

Second-quarter net earnings from discontinued operations were $291 million, which substantially relate to operations of the Networks business that Motorola Solutions sold to Nokia Siemens Networks on April 29, 2011 for net cash proceeds in excess of $1 billion.

Third-Quarter and Full Year 2011 Outlook

The company expects to see growth across both government and enterprise segments. Third-quarter sales are expected to grow between 7 and 8 percent over the third quarter of 2010 with EPS from continuing operations of $0.56 to $0.61. This outlook excludes stock-based compensation expense, intangible assets amortization expense and charges associated with items of the variety typically highlighted by the company in its quarterly earnings releases. The company now expects full-year revenue growth of 5.5 to 6 percent with operating earnings of approximately 16.5 percent of sales.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to the GAAP results included in this presentation, Motorola Solutions also has included non-GAAP measurements of results. We have provided these non-GAAP measurements to help investors better understand our core operating performance, enhance comparisons of core operating performance from period to period and allow better comparisons of operating performance to our competitors. Among other things, management uses these operating results, excluding the identified items, to evaluate performance of the businesses and to evaluate results relative to certain incentive compensation targets. Management uses operating results excluding these items because it believes this measurement enables it to make better period-to-period evaluations of the financial performance of core business operations. The non-GAAP measurements are intended only as a supplement to the comparable GAAP measurements and the company compensates for the limitations inherent in the use of non-GAAP measurements by using GAAP measures in conjunction with the non-GAAP measurements. As a result, investors should consider these non-GAAP measurements in addition to, and not in substitution for or as superior to, measurements of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Highlighted items: The company has excluded the effects of highlighted items (and any reversals of highlighted items recorded in prior periods) from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements because the company believes that these historical items do not reflect expected future operating earnings or expenses and do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of the company’s current operating performance or comparisons to the company’s past operating performance.

Stock-based compensation expense: The company has excluded stock-based compensation expense from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements. Although stock-based compensation is a key incentive offered to our employees and the company believes such compensation contributed to the revenue earned during the periods presented and also believes it will contribute to the generation of future period revenues, the company continues to evaluate its performance excluding stock-based compensation expense primarily because it represents a significant non-cash expense. Stock-based compensation expense will recur in future periods.

Intangible assets amortization expense: The company has excluded intangible assets amortization expense from its non-GAAP operating expenses and net income measurements, primarily because it represents a significant non-cash expense and because the company evaluates its performance excluding intangible assets amortization expense. Amortization of intangible assets is consistent in amount and frequency but is significantly affected by the timing and size of the company’s acquisitions. Investors should note that the use of intangible assets contributed to the company’s revenues earned during the periods presented and will contribute to the company’s future period revenues as well. Intangible assets amortization expense will recur in future periods.

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