China Security & Surveillance Technology Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2007 Financial Results

SHENZHEN, China , March 10 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- China Security & Surveillance Technology, Inc. (" China Security" or the "Company") (NYSE: CSR), a leading provider of digital surveillance technology in China , today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2007 .

Full Year 2007

The Company reported GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.91 for the full year of 2007 compared to $0.85 in the full year 2006. GAAP results for the full year of 2007 include: (1) approximately $13.7 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, of non-cash expense related to the redemption accretion on convertible notes (as described below under the caption "Explanation of Redemption Accretion"); (2) approximately $5.0 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, of non-cash expense related to depreciation and amortization of long- lived assets due to our acquisition of subsidiaries, and (3) approximately $4.2 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, of non-cash expense related to employee stock compensation recognized pursuant to SFAS 123 (R). Additionally, the Company realized a one-time pre-tax gain of $13.63 million, or $0.30 per diluted share (after tax effect), related to the disposal of properties and land use rights during the year. Excluding these non-cash expenses and one- time gain, diluted earnings per share was $1.20, compared to $0.89 per diluted share in 2006 (see the "Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP Measures" toward the end of this release). Diluted share count increased 44% in 2007 to 38.8 million from 26.9 million in 2006. Shares associated with the Company's convertible bond are not included in the GAAP fully diluted share count, as the corresponding increase in net income associated with the accruals would impact earnings per share in an anti-dilutive manner.

Revenue increased 124% to $240.2 million compared to $106.9 million in 2006. Revenue growth continues to be positively impacted by the increasing size of Safe City government contracts, as well as growth from smaller corporate contracts. Historically, the average contract size for safe city projects was $1-1.5 million. The Company is still receiving other contract awards sized well below that average, but recent contracts from Safe City projects have ranged from $5-8 million. These larger Safe City contracts tend to have longer time duration to fulfill -- in some cases as long as 22-25 weeks, versus historical durations of 6-12 weeks. Organic revenue during 2007 was approximately $190.7 million, or 79.4% or total revenue (which included the 2007 fourth quarter revenue contribution from Cheng Feng). Non-organic revenue, or revenue of acquired companies was approximately $49.5 million or 20.6% of total revenue in 2007 (which included the three quarters' revenue contribution from Cheng Feng). As a result, organic revenues grew during the year by $86.3 million, or 83% from $104.4 million in 2006.

Full year 2007 gross profits increased $38.5 million, or 124%, to $69.5 million from $31.0 million for 2006. Gross margin for the year was 28.9%, flat with 2006.

Income from operations in 2007 increased 68.8% to $42.7 million from $25.3 million in the prior year. Operating margin decreased to 17.7% from 23.6% in 2006. Such decrease was primarily due to the increase of our selling and marketing expenses as well as the general and administrative expenses. Net income in 2007 increased 54% to $35.3 million, up from $22.9 million in 2006. Net income per share was $0.91 versus $0.85 in 2006.

Fourth Quarter 2007

For the fourth quarter 2007, the Company reported GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.35 compared to $0.20 in the fourth quarter 2006. GAAP results for the fourth quarter of 2007 include: (1) approximately $4.4 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, of non-cash expense related to the redemption accretion on convertible notes; (2) approximately $1.7 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, of non-cash expense related to depreciation and amortization of long-lived assets due to our acquisition of subsidiaries, and (3) approximately $2.2 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, of non-cash expense related to employee stock compensation recognized pursuant to SFAS 123 (R). Additionally, in the fourth quarter of 2007, the Company realized a one-time pre-tax gain of $8.11 million, or $0.16 per diluted share (after tax effect), related to the disposal of property and land use right during the year. Excluding these non-cash expenses and the one-time gain, diluted earnings per share was $0.38, compared to $0.22 per diluted share in the fourth quarter 2006 (see "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" toward the end of this release). Diluted share count increased 28% in the fourth quarter 2007 to 42.15 million from 33.17 million in the fourth quarter of 2006.

Fourth quarter revenue increased 106% to $84.2 million compared to $40.9 million in the fourth quarter 2006. Organic revenue during the fourth quarter was approximately $69.3 million, or 82.3% of total revenue (which included the fourth quarter 2007 revenue contribution from Cheng Feng). Non-organic revenue, or revenue of acquired companies totaled approximately $14.9 million or 17.7% of total revenue in the fourth quarter 2007. As a result, organic revenues grew during the fourth quarter by $28.4 million, or 69.3% from $40.9 for the same period last year.

In the fourth quarter gross profits increased $14 million, or 130%, to $24.7 million from $10.7 million for the same period last year. Gross margin for the fourth quarter was 29.3%, as compared to 26.2% for the same period last year. The increase in gross margin reflected the growing recognition of sales of some higher-margin Safe City projects.

Income from operations in the fourth quarter increased 63.9% to $13.6 million from $8.3 million for the same period in 2006. Operating margin decreased to 16.1% from 20.2% in the fourth quarter last year. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2007 increased 124% to $14.8 million, up from $6.6 million in the same quarter last year. Net income per share was $0.35 versus $0.20 in the fourth quarter 2006.

The Company's cash position at the end of the year was $89.1 million, up from $79.8 million at the end of the third quarter. Total debt at the end of 2007 was $137.2 million, up from $130.5 million at the end of the third quarter of 2007.

Mr. Guo Shen Tu , Chief Executive Officer of China Security, commented, "We are encouraged by the integration of our 2007 acquisitions and partnerships, which are contributing nicely to our revenue growth, while providing synergies to our overall business. In the fourth quarter we continued to see significant demand from government Safe-City contracts, and importantly, the size, duration, and potential margins of the contracts we are signing are continuing to increase. Over the next four quarters, we will continue to focus our energies on integrating our acquisitions and generating revenue from the manufacturing and systems integration businesses, while building our operating services and international products divisions to prepare them to contribute more substantially to overall revenue growth in 2009."

Financial Outlook

For the first quarter of 2008, the Company expects to achieve revenues between $68-$70 million. Excluding the non-cash charges related to the redemption amount payable on convertible notes, the accrual of performance based employee compensation, and the depreciation and amortization of long lived assets related to the Company's recent acquisitions. The Company expects to achieve an adjusted net income of $13-$14 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.31-$0.34 in the first quarter of 2008.

The Company estimates that non-cash interest expenses associated with the redemption accretion on convertible notes, the employee stock compensation and the depreciation and amortization of long lived assets related to the Company's recent acquisitions for the first quarter of 2008, will be approximately $4.4 million, $3.1 million and $1.9 million, respectively.

For the full year 2008, the Company expects to achieve revenues between $350-$370 million. The Company expects to achieve an adjusted net income of $65-$75 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.50-$1.75. The major contributors to results should continue to be system installation and manufacturing of security and safety products with marginal contribution coming from operating services and international products. The Company expects non-cash expense related to the redemption amount payable on convertible notes will be approximately $17.6 million in 2008. Going forward, we expect to continue to incur accrual non cash stock compensation for 2008. We also expect higher depreciation and amortization costs related to the intangible assets from an increasing number of acquisitions.

Mr. Tu concluded, "We are more excited than ever about the future of China Security. We believe we have built the strongest foundation among our recent acquisitions and partnerships to make us a market leader in manufacturing and equipment. We will continue to deploy our resources and our efforts to build these segments of our business, while at the same time increasing our focus on our burgeoning operating services and international products divisions. We believe that the security expertise of our operating team will enable us to grow those businesses over time much the same way we've successfully grown the manufacturing and systems integration businesses. Demand for our products and our expertise continues to grow, and we plan to be ready with solutions to all security needs.

In the coming year, we expect to strengthen our foothold as a market leader and consolidator in our business. We believe we have the best possible strategy for growing internally and through strategic acquisitions in order to position China Security as the leader in providing turnkey security solutions. We expect that as our spectrum of products and services grows, we will become the logical choice for customers seeking comprehensive security solutions. We're confident that our focus on sophisticated security needs in the Chinese marketplace will enable us to stay ahead of demand and continue to report strong financial results."

Explanation of Redemption Accretion

The Company raised $60 million and $50 million through two guaranteed senior unsecured convertible note financings with Citadel in February 2007 and April 2007 , respectively. These notes bear interest at a rate of 1% per annum and are due in 2012. Under the indentures, if the notes are not converted before their respectively maturities, the notes are to be redeemed by the Company on the maturity date at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the notes then outstanding plus an additional amount of 15% per annum, calculated on a quarterly compounded basis, plus any accrued and unpaid interest.

As of December 31st , the Company accrued $13.7 million as a redemption amount payable under the notes, which was included in interest expense in the income statement of 2007. Unlike the annual interest rate of 1% that the Company is actually paying out to the note holders under the note on a semi- annual basis, the Company would only pay the accrued redemption amount under the notes if the notes are not converted into the Company's common stock before their respective maturities and are redeemed in accordance with its terms. Nevertheless, the Company believes that it must accrue the entire redemption amount under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. This accrual will result in non-cash expense of approximately $17.6 million annually beginning in 2008.

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss the financial results at 5:00 p.m. ET today. The Company invites you to join the call by dialing 913-312-1235. A live webcast of the conference call will be available at http://www.csst.com . A replay of the call will be available from March 10, 2008 to March 17, 2008 . Listeners may access the replay by dialing 719-457- 0820, passcode: 4517900.

About China Security & Surveillance Technology, Inc.

Based in Shenzhen, China , China Security manufactures, distributes, installs and maintains security and surveillance systems throughout China. China Security has manufacturing facilities in China and a R&D facility which maintains an exclusive collaboration agreement with Beijing University. China Security has built a diversified customer base through its extensive sales and service network throughout China . To learn more about the Company visit http://www.csst.com .

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures for earnings that exclude the accrual for the redemption amount payable under certain outstanding convertible notes issued by the Company and certain other non-cash charges. China Security believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because they exclude non-cash charges that China Security's management excludes when it internally evaluates the performance of China Security's business and makes operating decisions, including internal budgeting, and performance measurement, because these measures provide a consistent method of comparison to historical periods. Moreover, management believes these non-GAAP measures reflect the essential operating activities of China Security. Accordingly, management excludes the expense arising from the accrual of redemption amounts payable under its outstanding convertible notes and certain other non-cash charges when making operational decisions. China Security believes that providing the non-GAAP measures that management uses to its investors is useful to investors for a number of reasons. The non-GAAP measures provide a consistent basis for investors to understand China Security's financial performance in comparison to historical periods. In addition, it allows investors to evaluate China Security's performance using the same methodology and information as that used by China Security's management. Non-GAAP measures are subject to inherent limitations because they do not include all of the expenses included under GAAP and because they involve the exercise of judgment of which charges are excluded from the non- GAAP financial measure. However, China Security's management compensates for these limitations by providing the relevant disclosure of the items excluded.

The following table provides the non-GAAP financial measure and the related GAAP measure and provides a reconciliation of the non-GAAP measure to the equivalent GAAP measure.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release includes certain statements that are not descriptions of historical facts, but are forward-looking statements. Such statements include, among others, those concerning our expected financial performance and strategic and operational plans, our future operating results, our expectations regarding the market for security and surveillance products, our expectations regarding the continued growth of the security and surveillance market, as well as all assumptions, expectations, predictions, intentions or beliefs about future events. You are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that a number of risks and uncertainties could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but not limited to, the factors mentioned in the "Risk Factors" section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 , and other risks mentioned in our other reports filed with the Securities Exchange Commission, or SEC. Copies of filings made with the SEC are available through the SEC's electronic data gathering analysis retrieval system (EDGAR) atwww.sec.gov. The words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "project," "targets," "optimistic," "intend," "aim," "will" or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. The Company assumes no obligation and does not intend to update any forward- looking statements, except as required by law.

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