SAIC Announces Financial Results for Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2009

SAN DIEGO and MCLEAN, Va. , Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SAIC, Inc. (NYSE: SAI), a leading provider of research, engineering, and technology services and solutions, today announced financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2009, which ended July 31, 2008 .

"Our company continued its strong operating momentum in the second quarter of fiscal year 2009," said Ken Dahlberg , SAIC chairman and chief executive officer. "Internal revenue growth, contract execution, and cash collections were all excellent. Our employees' dedicated work is delivering excellent contract execution and critical support to our customers. Our growing labor base and improving business discipline gives us increasing confidence that we can achieve our financial goals for fiscal year 2009."

Summary Operating Results

Revenues for the quarter were $2.56 billion, up 15 percent from $2.22 billion in the second quarter of fiscal year 2008. Internal, or non-acquisition, growth represented 10 percentage points of the consolidated growth for the quarter. Key drivers of internal growth for the quarter included new and expanding programs in the intelligence and defense markets, including systems integration and logistics support activities for mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles.

Operating income for the quarter was $186 million (7.3 percent of revenue), up 8 percent from $173 million (7.8 percent of revenue) in the second quarter of fiscal year 2008. Contract fees were slightly higher year-over-year, but operating income was reduced by $6 million as a result of the civil judgment in favor of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, most of which is not deductible for tax purposes, and $3 million due to severance costs associated with efforts to reduce infrastructure in the commercial business segment and preparations to move certain corporate support functions to a shared services center.

Income from continuing operations for the quarter was $104 million, up 5 percent from $99 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2008. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the quarter were $0.26, up 8 percent from $0.24 in the second quarter of fiscal year 2008, driven by the increase in income from continuing operations and a lower share count compared to the prior year. The diluted share count for the quarter was 403 million, down 4 percent from 418 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2008, due primarily to share repurchases made over the course of fiscal year 2008 and continuing into the second quarter of fiscal year 2009.

Diluted earnings per share, which include discontinued operations, were $0.27 for the quarter, down 13 percent from $0.31 in the second quarter of fiscal year 2008, which included a $31 million pre-tax gain in discontinued operations on the portion of the business disposed in the AMSEC reorganization transaction.

Cash Generation and Capital Deployment

Cash flow from operations for the quarter was $229 million (or 2.2 times income from continuing operations), down 11 percent from $257 million during the second quarter of fiscal year 2008. The strong cash collections were driven primarily by the improvement in days sales outstanding (DSO) from 73 days in the first quarter of fiscal 2009 to 66 days in the second quarter of fiscal 2009. The year-over-year decline in cash flow from operations primarily results from an exceptional reduction in DSO -- from 73 days to 64 days -- in the second quarter of fiscal year 2008.

During the quarter, the company used $65 million to fund the acquisition of SM Consulting, Inc. In addition, the company used $157 million to repurchase approximately 8.0 million shares, including 7.3 million shares under the 40 million share stock repurchase program and the remainder in recurring repurchases from employees in settlement of withholding taxes associated with stock option exercises and vesting events. Whether any future repurchases are made and the timing and actual number of shares repurchased under the stock repurchase program will depend on a variety of factors, including share price, corporate capital requirements, and other market conditions. As of July 31, 2008 , the company had $692 million in cash and cash equivalents and $1.1 billion in long-term debt.

Mark Sopp , SAIC chief financial officer commented, "Our core business continues to execute well, not only in winning and executing important work but also collecting and efficiently deploying our cash on acquisitions and share repurchases. Despite the non-recurring charges we took in the second quarter, we still expect to attain our fiscal year 2009 operating margin improvement goal of 20-30 basis points through strong labor growth and utilization coupled with higher border and port security product deliveries expected in the second half of the year."

New Business Awards

Net new business bookings totaled $3.3 billion in the second quarter of the fiscal year, representing a book-to-bill ratio of 1.3. Net bookings are calculated as the current period ending backlog plus the current period's revenue less prior period ending backlog and backlog obtained in acquisitions. No bookings value is assigned unless the company has received a signed contract for a priced statement of work.

Large, competitive definite delivery contracts received during the quarter include:

-- Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems ( PEO EIS ) Support for the Army National Guard. SAIC received a five-year, $454 million task order to provide life cycle maintenance of PEO EIS's Reserve Component Automation System (RCAS) and support the Distributive Training Technology Project (DTTP). SAIC services will include program management, software engineering and development, information assurance, enterprise architecture, data warehousing, user support and analysis, and implementation of emerging technology initiatives.

-- Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Support Services. Under a five-year, $243 million task order, SAIC will provide engineering and technical services in areas including modeling and simulation, acquisition, computing architecture, software programming, test and evaluation, and weapons security to the Joint Special Missions Focus Area at the NSWC in Crane, Indiana .

-- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Design-Build Projects. SAIC was awarded contracts by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to design, engineer, and construct an advanced metal finishing facility and a ground support equipment facility at Robins Air Force Base (AFB), Georgia and a consolidated fuel, overhaul, repair, and test facility at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma with a combined contract value of more than $86 million. Work will meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards.

-- Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Deep Green Program. SAIC will support DARPA's Deep Green Program under a three-year, $42 million contract. SAIC will design, develop, and integrate a synergistic human/machine system to allow military commanders to evaluate and adjust plan outcomes through simulation.

-- Dubai Customs VACIS(R) IP6500 Purchase. Dubai Customs purchased five VACIS(R) IP6500 integrated cargo scanning systems for the port of Jebel Ali. The VACIS IP6500 combines high-penetration X-ray scanning, American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-compliant spectroscopic radiation detection and automated container identification in a self-contained portal requiring no additional shielding structure or exclusion zone. The system can handle more than 150 trucks per-hour, provide detailed cargo images through more than a foot of steel, and specifically identify hazardous nuclear materials, minimizing the need for costly secondary cargo inspections.

In addition, SAIC also won several indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts that are not included in the bookings total. The most notable IDIQ awards during the quarter were:

-- Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Encore II. SAIC will deliver a broad range of information technology (IT) services and solutions to help DISA transform the Department of Defense to a network-centric environment that improves situational awareness by enhancing how the military services share information. Under the multiple-award, ten-year contract with a total contract ceiling value of $12.225 billion, SAIC will provide enterprise policy and planning, network engineering, integrated solutions management, security engineering certification and accreditation, custom application development, and analytical support for implementing IT solutions.

-- Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) -- Installation Protection Program (IPP). SAIC will support the CBRN-IPP through a five-year, $500 million single-award contract from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command. SAIC will design, procure, integrate, and field enhanced CBRN capabilities and provide logistical support services for the Joint Project Manager Guardian IPP.

-- Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cryptology, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Program. SAIC received an eight-year, $221 million single-award contract from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Charleston (SSCC) to support C5ISR programs. SAIC will provide production engineering, integration, product improvement, technology insertion, test and evaluation, and maintenance support services.

The company's backlog of signed business orders at the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2009 was $15.9 billion, of which $5.4 billion was funded. Compared to the second quarter of fiscal year 2008, total backlog increased 13 percent and funded backlog increased 20 percent. The negotiated unfunded backlog of $10.5 billion represents the estimated amount to be earned in the future from firm orders for which funding has not been appropriated or otherwise authorized and unexercised priced contract options. Negotiated unfunded backlog does not include any estimate of future expected task orders to be awarded under IDIQ or other master agreement contract vehicles.

Forward Guidance

Given the company's strong operating results in the first half of the year, recent contract wins, and share repurchases to date, the company expects to achieve all of its long-term financial goals in fiscal year 2009:

About SAIC

SAIC is a FORTUNE 500(R) scientific, engineering, and technology applications company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world, in national security, energy and the environment, critical infrastructure, and health. The company's approximately 44,000 employees serve customers in the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other U.S. Government civil agencies and selected commercial markets. SAIC had annual revenues of $8.9 billion for its fiscal year ended January 31, 2008 . For more information, visit www.saic.com.

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All information in this release is as of September 3, 2008 . SAIC expressly disclaims any duty to update the guidance or any other forward-looking statement provided in this release to reflect subsequent events, actual results or changes in the company's expectations. SAIC also disclaims any duty to comment upon or correct information that may be contained in reports published by investment analysts or others.

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