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FLIR Systems Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

November 05, 2012 | About:
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FLIR Systems Inc. (FLIR) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2012-09-30.

Flir Systems, Inc. has a market cap of $2.95 billion; its shares were traded at around $19.32 with a P/E ratio of 13.3 and P/S ratio of 1.9. The dividend yield of Flir Systems, Inc. stocks is 1.4%. Flir Systems, Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 24.6% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Flir Systems, Inc. the business predictability rank of 4-star.

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Revenue. Consolidated revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2012 decreased by 10.5 percent, from $371.3 million in the third quarter of 2011 to $332.2 million in the third quarter of 2012. Consolidated revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 decreased by 10.5 percent, from $1,138.9 million in the first nine months of 2011 to $1,019.0 million in the first nine months of 2012. Each of our operating segments, except Integrated Systems, reported decreases in year over year revenues for both the three and nine month periods primarily due to continued reductions in demand for our products from the US Government and Middle East government agencies and weaker world-wide economic conditions. Of the $39.1 million decrease in total revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared to the same period in 2011, $26.9 million, or 68.8 percent, was related to lower revenues from US Government customers; for the nine month periods, the year over year decline in revenue of $119.9 million included a decline of $83.0 million of revenue from US Government customers.

Cost of goods sold. Cost of goods sold for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $158.9 million and $492.9 million, respectively, compared to cost of goods sold for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 of $169.4 million and $535.0 million, respectively. The year over year decreases in cost of goods sold primarily relate to the lower year over year revenues and change in product mix. In the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, costs of goods sold included restructuring charges of $0.3 million and $3.7 million, respectively, primarily for force reductions in our Thermal Vision and Measurement and Detection segments; in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011, costs of goods sold included restructuring charges of $0.9 million. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, costs of goods sold included charges of $7.3 million for the amortization of fair value adjustments on inventory acquired through the acquisition of ICx Technologies in 2010.

Gross profit. Gross profit for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 was $173.4 million compared to $201.9 million for the same quarter last year. Gross profit for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $526.1 million compared to $603.8 million for the same period of 2011. The decrease in gross profit was due to the lower revenue year over year and lower consolidated gross margin. Gross margin, defined as gross profit divided by revenue, decreased from 54.4 percent in the third quarter of 2011 to 52.2 percent in the third quarter of 2012, primarily due to lower absorption of overhead costs in our Commercial Systems division partially offset by product mix. For the first nine months of 2012, gross margin was 51.6 percent compared to 53.0 percent in the same period of 2011 with the decline primarily due to lower factory costs absorption in our Commercial Systems division and the year over year increase in restructuring costs partially offset by the elimination of 2011 amortization expenses related to fair value adjustments on inventory acquired through the acquisition of ICx Technologies in 2010.

Research and development expenses. Research and development expenses for the third quarter of 2012 totaled $29.6 million, compared to $35.2 million in the third quarter of 2011. Research and development expenses for the first nine months of 2012 and 2011 were $103.7 million and $112.3 million, respectively. The decrease in research and development expenses for the three and nine month periods year over year is primarily due to cost containment efforts taken across the Company. Research and development expenses as a percentage of revenue were 8.9 percent and 10.2 percent for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively, compared to 9.5 percent and 9.9 percent for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011, respectively. Research and development expenses are expected to remain at the upper end of our anticipated long-term research and development spending relative to sales due to the current sluggish revenue environment. Over the five annual periods through December 31, 2011, our annual research and development expenses have varied between 8.0 percent and 9.5 percent of revenue.

Selling, general and administrative expenses. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $69.5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, compared to $81.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. Selling, general and administrative expenses for the first nine months of 2012 and 2011 were $219.2 million and $288.0 million, respectively. The decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses for the third quarter year over year was attributable to cost containment efforts taken across the Company in response to the lower revenues. The decrease in expenses for the nine month periods year over year was primarily due to a $39.0 million litigation settlement incurred in 2011, decreased selling, general and administrative spending in each of our business segments, and lower corporate costs. Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue were 20.9 percent and 21.9 percent for the quarters ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively and 21.5 percent and 25.3 percent for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Over the past five years, our annual selling, general and administrative expenses have varied between 19.2 percent and 23.8 percent of revenue.

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