SAN DIEGO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/11/13 -- Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) today reported its financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2012. Net income attributable to Cubic shareholders for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 was $12.4 million, or 47 cents per share this year compared to $20.7 million, or 77 cents per share last year. Sales for the quarter decreased from $316.8 million to $313.4 million, a decrease of 1 percent. Operating income was $18.2 million in this year's first quarter compared to $27.8 million last year, a decrease of 34 percent. Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (Adjusted EBITDA), a non-GAAP measure (as described below), for the first quarter this year was $23.0 million, compared to $33.6 million last year.
"While our first quarter reflected some unusual cost items and lower profitability, we continue to make progress on major long-term transit projects and have completed two acquisitions that will provide growth opportunities in our defense and transportation segments in key strategic focus areas," said William W. Boyle, Chief Executive Officer of Cubic Corporation. "I believe our diversification and strategic focus will differentiate Cubic over the long term."
Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) develops and delivers innovative fare collection systems and services for public transit authorities worldwide. In the first quarter of this year, CTS sales decreased 6 percent to $118.6 million compared to $125.8 million in the same period last year, primarily due to reduced work on a contract to design and build a system in Vancouver. Last year's first quarter revenues were higher on the project as we were producing a significant amount of the hardware for the system, while this year we are in the latter stages of system delivery. This decrease was partially offset by higher sales from a contract to design and build a system in Sydney, Australia. CTS is currently in the design and build phase for three major projects to design, build and operate transit fare systems in Sydney, Vancouver and Chicago.
Operating income from CTS decreased 26 percent in the first quarter this year to $13.2 million, compared to $17.9 million in the first quarter of last year. In addition to the impact on operating income caused by the decrease in sales, we are currently incurring costs in excess of revenues on our contract in Sydney, Australia due to the transition of portions of the system into full operations. We anticipate improved profitability on the Sydney contract as the systems complete the transition phase and move into full operations.
Mission Support Services
Mission Support Services (MSS) is a leading provider of highly specialized support services to the U.S. government and allied nations. Sales from MSS increased 5 percent to $113.4 million in the first quarter this year, from $107.5 million in the first quarter of last year. Sales growth was driven by an increase in activity during the first quarter at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) in Fort Polk, Louisiana and by higher sales from Abraxas, a company Cubic acquired in fiscal year 2011.
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