Jabil Circuit, Inc.
Dec 17, 2003
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Jabil Reports Quarterly Results

Record Revenue and Core Earnings Highlight First Quarter

17 December 2003
St. Petersburg, Florida

Statement of Income and Balance Sheet data for First Quarter 2004

Forward - Looking Statement

St. Petersburg, FL - December 17, 2003...Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE: JBL), a global electronics manufacturing services provider, today reported results for the first quarter of fiscal 2004, ended November 30, 2003. Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2004 increased 41 percent to $1.51 billion compared to $1.07 billion for the same period of fiscal 2003.

On a Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") basis, net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2004 increased to $42.5 million compared to $8.4 million for the same period of fiscal 2003. GAAP diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2004 were $0.20 compared to $0.04 for the same period of fiscal 2003.

Jabil's first quarter of fiscal 2004 core earnings increased 69 percent to $51.6 million, compared to $30.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2003. Core earnings per share increased 67 percent to $0.25 per diluted share for the period, compared to $0.15 for the first quarter of fiscal 2003. Jabil defines core earnings as GAAP net income before amortization of intangibles, acquisition related charges, restructuring and impairment charges and other income, net of tax. (The Company reports core earnings to provide its investors with an alternative method for assessing its earnings from what it believes to be its core manufacturing operations. See the accompanying reconciliation of Jabil's core earnings to its GAAP net income and additional information in the supplemental information below).

Gross profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2004 increased 37 percent to $133.4 million or 8.8 percent of revenue compared to $97.5 million or 9.1 percent of revenue for the same period of fiscal 2003.

On a GAAP basis, operating income for the first quarter of fiscal 2004 increased to $53.0 million compared to $2.9 million for the same period of fiscal 2003.

Core operating income for the first quarter of fiscal 2004 increased 65 percent to $64.5 million or 4.3 percent of revenue compared to $39.1 million or 3.7 percent of revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2003. Jabil defines core operating income as GAAP operating income before amortization of intangibles, acquisition related charges and restructuring and impairment charges. (The Company reports core operating income to provide its investors with an alternative method for assessing its operating income from what it believes to be its core manufacturing operations. See the accompanying reconciliation of Jabil's core operating income to its GAAP operating income and additional information in the supplemental information below).

"Our fiscal first quarter of 2004 represented new highs for Jabil's revenue and core earnings per share. Our efforts over the past few years to position the Company in new and growing markets in desirable manufacturing locations are now paying dividends," said Timothy L. Main, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are grateful for the dedicated efforts of Jabil employees around the world in achieving these record results for Jabil."

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Business Outlook

"We're off to a good start for fiscal 2004 and we continue to gain confidence in the outlook for the full fiscal year. We are operating in an increasingly positive environment and will focus on ways to improve our operations and capital efficiency," said Main.

The Company provided guidance for its second fiscal quarter of 2004 indicating that it currently foresees revenue in a range of $1.35 to $1.40 billion and core earnings of $0.20 to $0.22 per diluted share, depending upon levels of production. GAAP earnings per share are currently estimated to be $0.16 to $0.18 per diluted share. (Expected GAAP earnings per share for the quarter are estimated to include $0.04 per share for amortization of intangibles.)

The Company also updated full year guidance, indicating that it currently expects revenue for the year will be in a range of $5.7 to $5.9 billion. Jabil management also indicated that it expects fiscal year operating earnings to grow above 30 percent and operating earnings per share to be in a range of $0.93 to $0.97 per diluted share. GAAP earnings per share for the fiscal year are currently estimated to be $0.76 to $0.80 per diluted share. (Expected GAAP earnings per share for the fiscal year is estimated to include $0.17 per share for amortization of intangibles and acquisition- related charges.)

Supplemental Information

The financial results disclosed in this release include certain measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. In addition to the GAAP financial measures, Jabil provides supplemental, non-GAAP financial measures to facilitate evaluation of the Company's core operating performance. The non-GAAP financial measures disclosed in this release exclude certain amounts that are included in the most directly comparable GAAP measures. The non-GAAP, or core financial measures disclosed in this release do not have standard meanings and may vary from the non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

Due to its acquisitions and restructuring programs, the Company has incurred significant incremental charges that are included in the GAAP financial measures disclosed in this release. Management believes that the incremental nature of these amounts does not impact the performance of its core manufacturing operations. Management believes core financial measures (which exclude the effects of the amortization of intangibles, acquisition related charges, restructuring and impairment charges and other income) are a useful measure that facilitates evaluating the past and future performance of Jabil's ongoing operations on a comparable basis. Jabil reports core earnings and core operating income to provide its investors with an alternative method for assessing its earnings and operating income from what it believes to be its core manufacturing operations. Included in this release is a reconciliation of the disclosed core financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Company Conference Call Information

Jabil Circuit will conduct a conference call to announce its first quarter earnings today at 4:30 p.m. EDT, live on the Internet at http://www.jabil.com. This earnings conference call will be archived on the web at http://www.jabil.com. The news release and detailed information about Jabil's earnings will also be available on the web site at jabil.com by approximately 4:00 p.m., EDT. A taped replay will also be available December 17, 2003 at approximately 7:30 p.m. EDT through midnight on December 18, 2003. To access the replay, call (800) 642-1687 from within the United States, or (706) 645-9291 outside the United States. The passcode is 4520555.

About Jabil

Jabil Circuit, Inc. is a global leader in the Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) industry, offering innovative solutions to world leading electronics companies in the aerospace, automotive, computing, consumer, defense, instrumentation, medical, networking, peripherals, storage and telecommunications markets. Jabil offers circuit design, board design from schematic, mechanical and production design, product realization services, product research and development, testing prototype assembly, volume board assembly, system assembly, enclosure services, direct fulfillment, repair and warranty services from facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Jabil common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "JBL." Further information about Jabil can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.jabil.com.

This news release contains forward-looking statements, including those regarding the anticipated outlook for our business, our expected second quarter fiscal 2004 earnings results and our long-term outlook for the company, our industry and our customers. These statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions involving risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the length and severity of the current economic downturn and our ability to manage customer demand through the downturn; fluctuations in operating results; changes in technology; competition; managing rapid growth; managing rapid declines in customer demand; our ability to successfully consummate our acquisitions; managing the integration of businesses we acquire; and risks associated with international sales and operations; retaining key personnel; our dependence on a limited number of customers; the consolidation of our customer base; business and competitive factors generally affecting the electronic manufacturing services industry, our customers and our business or other factors that we may not have currently identified or quantified; and other risks, relevant factors and uncertainties identified in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2003, any subsequent Reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K and our other securities filings. Jabil disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.