Garmin Ltd.

Garmin Reports Record Third Quarter, Raises Guidance; Announces Management Appointment; Announces Intention to Make Offer to Purchase all the Outstanding Shares of Tele Atlas N.V.

Cayman Islands (ots/PRNewswire) - Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN) today announced a record quarter ended September 29, 2007. Third Quarter 2007 Financial highlights: -- Total revenue of US$729 million, up 79% from US$408 million in third quarter 2006 -- Automotive/Mobile segment revenue increased 118% to US$519 million in third quarter 2007 -- Aviation segment revenue increased 27% to US$74 million in third quarter 2007 -- Outdoor/Fitness segment revenue increased 24% to US$88 million in third quarter 2007 -- Marine segment revenue increased 17% to US$48 million in third quarter 2007 -- All geographic areas experienced significant growth: - North America revenue was US$454 million compared to US$265 million, up 71% - Europe revenue was US$227 million compared to US$120 million, up 89% - Asia revenue was US$48 million compared to US$23 million, up 109% -- Revenue from our automotive/mobile segment continued to become a larger portion of total company revenues when compared with the same quarter in 2006, at 71% of total revenues. -- Diluted earnings per share increased 57% to US$0.88 from US$0.56 in third quarter 2006; excluding foreign exchange, EPS increased 78% to US$0.89 from US$0.50 in the same quarter in 2006. Year-to-Date 2007 Financial highlights: -- Total revenue of US$1.96 billion, up 69% from US$1.16 billion year-to- date 2006 -- Automotive/Mobile segment revenue increased 109% to US$1.34 billion in year-to-date 2007 -- Aviation segment revenue increased 30% to US$224 million in year-to- date 2007 -- Outdoor/Fitness segment revenue increased 10% to US$225 million in year-to-date 2007 -- Marine segment revenue increased 21% to US$170 million in year-to-date 2007 -- All geographic areas experienced significant growth: - North America revenue was US$1.23 billion compared to US$700 million, up 76% - Europe revenue was US$631 million compared to US$400 million, up 58% - Asia revenue was US$101 million compared to US$63 million, up 60% -- Diluted earnings per share increased 64% to US$2.50 from US$1.52 in year-to-date 2006; excluding foreign exchange, EPS increased 68% to US$2.48 from US$1.48 in the same period in 2006. Business highlights: -- Strong sales in our automotive/mobile segment continue to exceed our expectations and drive our increased guidance for the remainder of 2007. -- Aviation and marine segment results put them on track to meet or exceed earlier full year guidance for these segments. Given improving sales in our outdoor/fitness segment, we continue to anticipate this segment will reach our full year guidance with seasonally strong holiday sales. -- 2.69 million units sold in the third quarter of 2007, up 119% from the same quarter in 2006; year-to-date units sold increased 97% from the same period in 2006. -- Completed the initial build-out of our third Taiwan manufacturing facility, increasing the number of production lines from 31 to 37, and production capacity at the end of the third quarter to an annual run rate of approximately 16 million units. Expansion of our R&D and other office space in Taiwan continues. -- Expansion of our North American warehouse in Olathe, Kansas continues, with expected completion in Q1 2008. -- We continued to work to increase our retail penetration and broaden our distribution as retailers laid the groundwork for the upcoming holiday selling season. Our initial order book for the holiday season is strong, as PNDs are positioned to be a popular item during the holiday season. -- Due diligence work continues on previously announced acquisitions of distributors in Spain, Italy, and Denmark. These activities are part of our ongoing efforts to improve our market share in Europe. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20061026/CGTH082LOGO) Executive overview from Dr. Min Kao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: "Garmin experienced a solid third quarter. Our continued strong growth in the automotive/mobile segment demonstrated that our products are well-positioned to take advantage of the growing interest in portable navigation devices. Independent market research indicates we have maintained a strong leadership position in North America with approximately fifty percent PND market share, and our market position in Europe continues to improve as well. As we head into the holiday season, we believe we are prepared to meet the growing demand for our products. We have increased our manufacturing capacity and grown total inventories over US$200 million since the end of the second quarter of 2007. Our order book is strong, and we believe our strategy of extensive market segmentation using both our popular nuvi(TM) and c-series product offerings will drive positive results. Useful content and competitive features integrated into reliable, easy-to-use products at attractive price points are what customers want - and what they receive when they choose Garmin. Our aviation segment continued to grow steadily during the quarter. Positive response to our WAAS and GMX200 product offerings and growth in the sale of our G1000 cockpit continued. In the third quarter we announced additional wins for our G1000 cockpit for future Cessna Caravan, Socata TBM 850 as well as the new PiperJet and a G1000 retrofit for the King Air 200/B200. Also during the 3rd quarter, Cessna announced that our new G300 cockpit display system was selected for its new Skycatcher light sport aircraft. We continue to believe the aviation segment is positioned to meet our 2007 guidance for this segment. Our marine segment also showed steady growth, as customer interest in our revolutionary new marine products and cartography continued to drive revenues for the quarter. While typical marine segment revenues decline sequentially in third and fourth quarter each year, results remain seasonally strong. We continue to believe the marine segment is positioned to meet our 2007 guidance. Third quarter revenue for our outdoor/fitness segment was strong compared to the year ago quarter. Increased sales generated by the new Astro dog tracking product, as well as new eTrex and Rino products with high-sensitivity GPS drove this growth. We see continued growth opportunities for this segment and believe the outdoor/fitness segment is positioned to meet our 2007 guidance for the segment." Financial overview from Kevin Rauckman, Chief Financial Officer: "Our financial results for the third quarter were strong and in line with our expectations. Our retail orders are strong, and we look forward to a solid 2007 holiday season," said Kevin Rauckman, chief financial officer of Garmin Ltd. "Our revenue and earnings per share during the quarter grew 79% and 57% respectively, exceeding our expectations. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, EPS for the quarter grew 78%, from US$0.50 to US$0.89. Gross margin for the overall business declined modestly in the third quarter, down 180 basis points from the year-ago quarter. The automotive/mobile segment gross margin improved 70 basis points during the quarter due to a seasonal, favorable product mix shift towards higher-margin North American product, and PND pricing declined more slowly than we expected. The aviation segment also improved 180 basis points as a function of favorable product mix. Gross margin for the marine segment declined 50 basis points during the quarter when compared to the year-ago quarter as a function of product mix, and the outdoor/fitness segments declined 320 basis points, reflecting a product mix shift and the transition of the eTrex product line. Operating margin remained relatively stable, declining just 30 basis points from the year-ago quarter. This stability reflected an anticipated decline in gross margin offset by operating leverage as revenues outpaced increased spending in advertising and research and development expenses during the quarter. While we are pleased with these results, we anticipate more significant margin compression during the fourth quarter of 2007. We also generated US$117 million of free cash flow in the third quarter of 2007, resulting in a cash and marketable securities balance of US$1.03 billion at the end of the quarter." Fiscal 2007 Outlook We remain optimistic about the future success of our business and our ability to serve customers and distributors around the world. With this in mind, we are updating our guidance as follows: -- We anticipate overall revenue to exceed US$2.9 billion in 2007, and earnings per share to exceed US$3.40. -- We anticipate segment revenue growth rates for our automotive/mobile, aviation, marine, and outdoor/fitness segments to be 90%, 30%, 20%, and 10%, respectively -- We anticipate operating margins to be approximately 27% for the full year 2007 -- Our effective tax rate should remain approximately 13% Announcement of Management Appointment Given our anticipated ongoing business growth, Cliff Pemble will be assuming the new positions of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and President of Garmin Ltd. In addition, he will assume direct supervision of all North American Garmin subsidiaries, including Garmin AT, Dynastream, and Digital Cyclone. Dr. Kao will continue in his role as Chairman and CEO of Garmin Ltd. but will now be able to devote more time to business development, strategic planning, and the development of our Asia-Pacific business initiatives. Announcement of Intent to Make an Offer to Acquire all the Outstanding Shares in Tele Atlas N.V. Early this morning we announced our intention to make an offer to acquire all the outstanding shares in Tele Atlas N.V. Garmin has established itself as a leader in navigation technology by consistently delivering award-winning, reliable, easy to use products with rich content and competitive features at attractive prices. This acquisition is consistent with our vision as a leader in our market and our vertical integration strategy. Advanced mapping data is an essential ingredient for the continued growth of the navigation industry and this acquisition provides a means for Garmin to contribute more broadly to the development and growth of this market. We will discuss this important announcement more fully on our earnings call this morning. Non-GAAP Measures CAYMAN ISLANDS, October 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Net income (earnings) per share, excluding foreign currency Management believes that net income per share before the impact of foreign currency translation gain or loss is an important measure. The majority of the company's consolidated foreign currency translation gain or loss results from translation into New Taiwan dollars at the end of each reporting period of the significant cash and marketable securities, receivables and payables held in U.S. dollars by the company's Taiwan subsidiary. Such translation is required under GAAP because the functional currency of this subsidiary is New Taiwan dollars. However, there is minimal cash impact from such foreign currency translation and management expects that the Taiwan subsidiary will continue to hold the majority of its cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities in U.S. dollars. Accordingly, earnings per share before the impact of foreign currency translation gain or loss allows an assessment of the company's operating performance before the non-cash impact of the position of the U.S. dollar versus the New Taiwan dollar, which permits a consistent comparison of results between periods. The following table contains a reconciliation of GAAP net income per share to net income per share excluding the impact of foreign currency translation gain or loss. Garmin Ltd. And Subsidiaries Net income per share, excluding FX (in thousands, except per share information) (all amounts in USD unless otherwise specified) 13-Weeks Ended 39-weeks Ended September 29, September 30, September 29, September 30, 2007 2006 2007 2006 Net Income (GAAP) $193,507 $122,978 $547,744 $333,778 Foreign currency (gain) / loss, net of tax effects $3,151 ($12,569) ($3,036) ($8,776) Net income, excluding FX $196,658 $110,409 $544,708 $325,002 Net income per share (GAAP): Basic $0.89 $0.57 $2.53 $1.54 Diluted $0.88 $0.56 $2.50 $1.52 Net income per share, excluding FX: Basic $0.91 $0.51 $2.52 $1.50 Diluted $0.89 $0.50 $2.48 $1.48 Weighted average common shares outstanding: Basic 216,773 216,317 216,456 216,502 Diluted 220,644 218,866 219,482 218,878 Free cash flow Management believes that free cash flow is an important financial measure because it represents the amount of cash provided by operations that is available for investing and defines it as operating cash flow less capital expenditures for property and equipment. The following table contains a reconciliation of GAAP net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow. Garmin Ltd. And Subsidiaries Free Cash Flow (in thousands) (all amounts in USD unless otherwise specified) 13-Weeks Ended 39-Weeks Ended September 29, September 30, September 29, September 30, 2007 2006 2007 2006 Net cash provided by operating activities $133,766 $116,750 $555,905 $249,125 Less: purchases of property and equipment ($16,873) ($18,865) ($128,893) ($45,476) Free Cash Flow $116,893 $97,885 $427,012 $203,649 Earnings Call Information The information for Garmin Ltd.'s earnings call is as follows: When: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Where:http://www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/irCalendar.html How: Simply log on to the web at the address above or call to listen in at +1-800-883-9537. Contact: investor.relations@garmin.com A phone recording will be available for five business days following the earnings call and can be accessed by dialing +1-800-642-1687 or +1-706-645-9291 and utilizing the access code 19218207. An archive of the live webcast will be available until November 30, 2007 on the Garmin website at http://www.garmin.com. To access the replay, click on the Investor Relations link and click over to the Events Calendar page. This release includes projections and other forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Any statements regarding the company's estimated earnings and revenue for fiscal 2007, the Company's expected segment revenue growth rate, margins, the number of new products to be introduced in 2007 and the company's plans and objectives are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this release may not occur and actual results could differ materially as a result of risk factors affecting Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors that are described in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2006 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission file number 0-31983). A copy of Garmin's 2006 Form 10-K can be downloaded from http://www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html. Through its operating subsidiaries, Garmin Ltd. designs, manufactures, and markets navigation, communications and information devices, most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in the general aviation and consumer markets and its products serve aviation, marine, outdoor, fitness, automotive, mobile and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and United Kingdom. For more information, visit the investor relations site of Garmin Ltd. at www.garmin.com or contact the Investor Relations department at +1-913-397-8200. Garmin and Forerunner are registered trademarks, and Edge is a trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Garmin Ltd. And Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited) (In thousands, except share information) (all amounts in USD unless otherwise specified) September 29, December 30, 2007 2006 Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $703,749 $337,321 Marketable securities 58,668 73,033 Accounts receivable, net 520,538 403,524 Inventories, net 493,739 271,008 Deferred income taxes 57,700 55,996 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 23,538 28,202 Total current assets 1,857,932 1,169,084 Property and equipment, net 358,578 250,988 Marketable securities 263,735 407,843 Restricted cash 1,580 1,525 Licensing agreements, net 14,398 3,307 Other intangible assets, net 149,277 64,273 Total assets $2,645,500 $1,897,020 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable $236,044 $88,375 Salaries and benefits payable 32,524 16,268 Warranty reserve 55,225 37,639 Other accrued expenses 209,136 100,732 Income taxes payable 35,033 94,668 Total current liabilities 567,962 337,682 Long-term debt, less current portion 603 248 Deferred income taxes 1,219 1,191 Other liabilities 90,505 - Stockholders' equity: Common stock 1,086 1,082 Additional paid-in capital 123,025 83,438 Retained earnings 1,863,867 1,478,654 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (2,767) (5,275) Total stockholders' equity 1,985,211 1,557,899 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $2,645,500 $1,897,020 Garmin Ltd. And Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited) (In thousands, except per share information) (all amounts in USD unless otherwise specified) 13-Weeks Ended 39-Weeks Ended September 29, September 30, September 29, September 30, 2007 2006 2007 2006 Net sales $728,673 $407,997 $1,963,298 $1,162,776 Cost of goods sold 386,822 209,137 1,009,028 584,843 Gross profit 341,851 198,860 954,270 577,933 Selling, general and administrative expenses 87,060 47,489 248,358 140,167 Research and development expense 40,634 30,399 111,863 82,105 127,694 77,888 360,221 222,272 Operating income 214,157 120,972 594,049 355,661 Other income (expense): Interest income 11,798 9,622 31,997 25,464 Interest expense (273) (2) (328) (14) Foreign currency (3,626) 14,874 3,493 10,386 Other 570 70 959 3,507 8,469 24,564 36,121 39,343 Income before income taxes 222,626 145,536 630,170 395,004 Income tax provision 29,119 22,558 82,426 61,226 Net income $193,507 $122,978 $547,744 $333,778 Net income per share: Basic $0.89 $0.57 $2.53 $1.54 Diluted $0.88 $0.56 $2.50 $1.52 Weighted average common shares outstanding: Basic 216,773 216,317 216,456 216,502 Diluted 220,644 218,866 219,482 218,878 Garmin Ltd. And Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited) (In thousands) (all amounts in USD unless otherwise specified 39-Weeks Ended September 29, September 30, 2007 2006 Operating Activities: Net income $547,744 $333,778 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation 22,786 15,447 Amortization 18,803 19,844 Loss (gain) on sale of property and equipment 71 (8) Provision for doubtful accounts 3,467 796 Deferred income taxes (1,157) (29,867) Foreign currency transaction gains/losses 3,232 (19,724) Provision for obsolete and slow moving inventories 21,502 15,260 Stock compensation expense 8,830 8,378 Realized gains on marketable securities - (3,852) Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable (90,497) (79,648) Inventories (234,920) (148,891) Other current assets 4,510 (1,192) Accounts payable 117,034 48,720 Other current and non-current liabilities 147,608 69,704 Income taxes 9,486 22,866 Purchase of licenses (22,594) (2,486) Net cash provided by operating activities 555,905 249,125 Investing activities: Purchases of property and equipment (128,893) (45,476) Purchase of intangible assets (2,481) (1,513) Purchase of marketable securities (983,716) (348,621) Redemption of marketable securities 1,141,431 197,008 Change in restricted cash (56) (104) Proceeds from asset sale 4 75 Net cash paid for acquisition of businesses and other intangibles (84,126) - Net cash used in investing activities (57,837) (198,631) Financing activities: Proceeds from issuance of common stock 15,358 10,042 Dividends (162,531) - Stock repurchase - (50,451) Payments on long term debt (218) - Tax benefit related to stock option exercise 15,776 7,453 Net cash used in financing activities (131,615) (32,956) Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (25) (167) Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 366,428 17,371 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 337,321 334,352 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $703,749 $351,723 Garmin Ltd. And Subsidiaries Revenue, Gross Profit, and Operating Income by Segment (Unaudited) (all amounts in USD unless otherwise specified) Reporting Segments Outdoor/ Auto/ Fitness Marine Mobile Aviation Total 13-Weeks Ended September 29, 2007 Net sales $87,747 $47,659 $518,939 $74,328 $728,673 Gross profit $46,553 $25,170 $221,148 $48,980 $341,851 Operating income $30,178 $15,623 $141,855 $26,501 $214,157 13-Weeks Ended September 30, 2006 Net sales $70,651 $40,588 $237,981 $58,777 $407,997 Gross profit $39,803 $21,645 $99,708 $37,704 $198,860 Operating income $28,817 $13,659 $59,517 $18,979 $120,972 39-Weeks Ended September 29, 2007 Net sales $225,437 $170,433 $1,343,460 $223,968 $1,963,298 Gross profit $123,616 $92,704 $591,400 $146,550 $954,270 Operating income $79,986 $60,033 $370,448 $83,582 $594,049 39-Weeks Ended September 30, 2006 Net sales $205,412 $141,406 $644,097 $171,861 $1,162,776 Gross profit $118,615 $79,484 $269,855 $109,979 $577,933 Operating income $85,116 $53,718 $155,782 $61,045 $355,661 Web site: http://www.garmin.com ots Originaltext: Garmin Ltd. Im Internet recherchierbar: http://www.presseportal.ch Contact: INVESTOR CONTACT: Polly Schwerdt, +1-913-397-8200, investor.relations@garmin.com, or MEDIA CONTACT: Ted Gartner, +1-913-397-8200, media.relations@garmin.com, both of Garmin Ltd.; Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20061026/CGTH082LOGO, AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org, PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com

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