Mercury Computer Systems Inc. has a market cap of $305.6 million; its shares were traded at around $9.55 with a P/E ratio of 13.3 and P/S ratio of 1.3.
Highlight of Business Operations:Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased 1.2%, or $0.7 million, to $57.2 million during fiscal 2012 compared to $57.9 million during fiscal 2011. The overall decrease was primarily due to lower variable compensation expense partially offset by headcount related expenses as a result of the KOR and LNX acquisitions. Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased as a percentage of revenues to 23.3% during fiscal 2012 from 25.3% during fiscal 2011 due to higher revenue and increased operating leverage.
Research and development expenses increased 3%, or $1.5 million, to $46.0 million during fiscal 2012 compared to $44.5 million for fiscal 2011. The increase was primarily due to a $2.0 million increase in headcount related expenses as a result of the KOR and LNX acquisitions, a $0.9 million increase in allocated IT and depreciation expenses and a $0.5 million increase in prototype and development expenses. These increases were partially offset by $2.8 million in higher customer funded credits. Research and development continues to be a focus of our business with 18.8% and 19.4% of our revenues dedicated to research and development activities during fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2011, respectively. However, we continue to focus on improving the leverage of our research and development investments and increased customer funded development resulting in this percentage trending downward in future years.
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 12.4%, or $6.4 million, to $57.9 million during fiscal 2011 compared to $51.5 million during fiscal 2010. The increase was primarily due to a $5.8 million increase in employee compensation expense driven by an increase in headcount, primarily related to the LNX acquisition, and variable compensation increases. Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased as a percentage of revenues to 25.3% during fiscal 2011 from 25.7% during fiscal 2010. We realized improved operating leverage by maintaining our selling, general and administrative expenses growth below our revenue growth rate as our business scaled.
Research and development expenses increased 7%, or $3.0 million, to $44.5 million during fiscal 2011 compared to $41.5 million for fiscal 2010. The increase was primarily due to a $3.0 million increase in employee compensation expense driven by increased variable compensation. Research and development expenses represent 19.4% and 20.8% of our revenues during fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2010, respectively.
During fiscal 2011, we generated $31.5 million in cash from operations compared to $15.7 million generated from operations during fiscal 2010. The $15.8 million increase in the amount of cash generated from operations was driven by a $15.5 million improvement in accounts receivable primarily driven by collection of a large receivable shipped at the end of fiscal 2010, an $11.6 million increase in provision for deferred income taxes, a $4.0 million increase in cash generated from prepaid income taxes and income taxes payable, a $3.4 million increase in inventory activities, a $1.6 million increase in stock-based compensation, a $1.5 million increase in depreciation and amortization expense, and a $0.9 million reduction in other non-cash items. These improvements were partially offset by lower comparative net income of $9.9 million, a $4.8 million increase in cash used for accounts payable and accrued expenses, a $4.8 million increase in cash used for deferred revenue, customer advances, and other non-current liabilities, and a $3.2 million increase in cash used for prepaid expenses and other current and non-current assets.
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