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Richardson Electronics Ltd. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

July 22, 2010 | About:
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Richardson Electronics Ltd. (RELL) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-05-29.

Richardson Electronics Ltd. has a market cap of $169 million; its shares were traded at around $9.58 with a P/E ratio of 15.5 and P/S ratio of 0.3. The dividend yield of Richardson Electronics Ltd. stocks is 0.9%.RELL is in the portfolios of Chuck Royce of Royce& Associates, Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC.
This is the annual revenues and earnings per share of RELL over the last 10 years. For detailed 10-year financial data and charts, go to 10-Year Financials of RELL.


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Consolidated gross profit was $109.6 million during fiscal 2009, compared to $135.6 million during fiscal 2008. Consolidated gross margin as a percentage of net sales decreased to 22.1% during fiscal 2009, from 23.9% during fiscal 2008. RFPD, EDG, and Canvys incurred inventory write-downs during fiscal 2009 of $2.3 million, $4.8 million, and $2.4 million, respectively, while Canvys and RFPD incurred inventory write-downs of $1.9 million and $0.9 million, respectively, during fiscal 2008.

RFPD net sales decreased 5.6% to $355.2 million during fiscal 2009, from $376.2 million during fiscal 2008. The decline in net sales, which was the result of the weakening global economy, included declines in net sales of small signal products, active power conversion products, power components, connectors, and broadcast, partially offset by an increase in net sales of transistors. The sales growth of transistors was in Asia/Pacific, which included the deployment of the next build-out of the Time Division-Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access (“TD-SCDMA”) in China. Gross margin as a percentage of net sales declined to 21.4% during fiscal 2009 as compared to 22.7% during fiscal 2008. The decline in gross margin was due primarily to inventory write-downs of $2.3 million during fiscal 2009 as compared to $0.9 million during fiscal 2008. The $2.3 million of inventory write-downs during fiscal 2009 primarily relates to customer specific inventory that did not have return privileges and the exiting of certain market segments. Additionally, during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, we evaluated our inventory levels based on an increasingly uncertain economic future.

EDG net sales increased 5.3% to $86.5 million during fiscal 2010, from $82.2 million during fiscal 2009, due primarily to an increase in tube and semiconductor fabrication equipment net sales. Net sales of tubes increased to $58.8 million during fiscal 2010, as compared to $57.0 million during fiscal 2009. The increase was due primarily to an increased demand from industrial manufacturers resulting from the usage of excess tube supply maintained during the economic downturn. Net sales of semiconductor fabrication equipment products increased to $17.4 million during fiscal 2010, as compared to $14.1 million during fiscal 2009. The semiconductor fabrication equipment industry, primarily in North America, has improved during fiscal 2010 from the overall industry-wide decline. Gross margin as a percentage of net sales increased to 33.2% during fiscal 2010, as compared to 26.2% during fiscal 2009. The increase in gross margin as a percentage of net sales from fiscal 2009 was due primarily to fiscal 2009 incurring $4.8 million of expense related to inventory write-downs.

EDG net sales declined 24.1% to $82.2 million during fiscal 2009, from $108.3 million during fiscal 2008, due primarily to a decline in semiconductor fabrication equipment products and tubes sales. The semiconductor fabrication equipment industry experienced an overall decline for several years, in addition to the weakening global economy. North America experienced a decline in tube sales, due primarily to the conversion from analog to digital television which took place in June 2009. Gross margin as a percentage of net sales declined to 26.2% during fiscal 2009 as compared to 32.4% during fiscal 2008. The decline in gross margin as percentage of net sales was due primarily to $4.8 million of expense related to inventory write-downs during fiscal 2009. The $4.8 million of inventory write-downs relates primarily to the evaluation of inventory levels based on the significant decline in sales during the fourth quarter, and an increasingly uncertain economic climate.

Canvys net sales declined 17.3% to $48.8 million during fiscal 2010, from $59.0 million during fiscal 2009, due primarily to a decrease in medical industrial markets in North America along with a decrease in medical imaging and custom/original equipment manufacturer (“OEM”) sales in both North America and Europe. The decline of these product lines was due primarily to lower capital investments, primarily in hospitals and medical market manufacturers, as a result of the weakening global economy. Gross margin as a percentage of net sales increased to 25.7% during fiscal 2010 as compared to 21.0% during fiscal 2009, due primarily to shifts in customer mix and process improvements. Expense related to inventory write-downs was $2.4 million during fiscal 2009.

Canvys net sales declined 25.9% to $59.0 million during fiscal 2009, from $79.7 million during fiscal 2008, due primarily to a decrease in medical imaging and custom/OEM sales throughout Europe. The decline of both product lines was due primarily to lower capital investments as a result of the weakening global economy. Gross margin as a percentage of net sales increased to 21.0% during fiscal 2009 as compared to 19.8% during fiscal 2008, due primarily to shifts in customer mix and process improvements, partially offset by the increase in inventory write-downs. Inventory write-downs increased to $2.4 million during fiscal 2009 from $1.9 million during fiscal 2008. The $2.4 million of inventory write-downs recorded during fiscal 2009 primarily relates to the exiting of certain market segments and customer specific inventory that did not have return privileges.

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