China Security & Surveillance Technology Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Financial Results

SHENZHEN, China, March 5 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- -- 4Q08 Revenue Increases 70.5% to $143.5 Million -- 4Q08 Adjusted Net Income Increases 47.1% to $23.7 Million -- 4Q08 Adjusted EPS Increases 28.9% to $0.49 -- Full Year 2008 Revenue...


Explanation of Redemption Accretion

The Company raised $60 million and $50 million through two guaranteed senior unsecured convertible note financings with Citadel Equity Fund Ltd. 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 31 , the Company accrued $19.6 million as a redemption amount payable under the notes, which was included in interest expense. Unlike the annual interest rate of 1% that the Company is actually paying out to the note holders under the notes 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 maturity dates and are redeemed in accordance with their terms. Nevertheless, the Company believes that it must accrue the entire redemption amount under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call to discuss the financial results at 8:00 a.m. ET on March 05, 2009 . The Company invites you to join the call by dialing 1-913-312-9325. 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 05, 2009 to March 12, 2009 . Listeners may access the replay by dialing 1-719-457-0820, passcode: 1429713.

About China Security & Surveillance Technology, Inc.

Based in Shenzhen, China , China Security manufactures, distributes, installs and services surveillance and safety products and systems as well as develops surveillance and safety related software in China . Its customers are mainly comprised of commercial and government entities and non-profit organizations. China Security has built a diversified customer base through its extensive sales and service network that includes over 150 branch offices and distribution points 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.