Harris Corp Announces Q1 FY 2013 Results, Further Writes Down Value of Broadcast Business

Posted by Joe Zaller
Oct 30 2012

Harris Corporation announced that its revenue in the first quarter of its 2013 fiscal year was $1.26Bn, down 6% versus the same period a year ago, and down 13% versus the previous quarter.

These results do not include the company’s Broadcast Communications Division (BCD) which was classified as a discontinued operation following the May 2012 announcement that Harris will divest its broadcast division, which is no longer considered a core asset to the defense contractor’s overall business. Harris Cyber Integrated Solutions (CIS), which the company said it was shutting down in February 2012 was also excluded from these results.


Performance of Broadcast Business Below Expectations

Although the company did not break out the results of its broadcast division, the performance of BCD in the quarter was “little bit worse than expected,” according to statements made by Harris CEO William Brown during a conference call with equity analysts.   “Our first quarter results in Broadcast were a little less than what we had expected, both because the market’s a little bit tough and because some of the issues around our selling the business [caused] some of our customers to be a bit hesitant,” said Brown.

Based on an analysis of recent Harris Corp SEC filings, it is believed that Harris BCD had revenues of approximately $135m during the first quarter of fiscal 2012, and more than $500m for the full 2012 fiscal year.


Update on Sale of Harris Broadcast Communications Division

Harris CFO Gary McArthur said the company is making progress on the disposal of BCD and it expects “to conclude by the end of the calendar year.”  This timetable is consistent with the company’s previous earnings call, and also with statements made by Harris BCD president Harris Morris at the company’s press conference at the recent IBC trade show.

McArthur also reiterated the company’s previously stated intention to “use up to $200m of the proceeds from the BCD disposition to repurchase additional shares” of Harris Corp.


Further Write-Down of Harris Broadcast Communications Division Valuation

Harris also announced that it has recorded additional non-cash impairment charges in discontinued operations totaling $222 million, the “vast majority” of which is related to BCD, with only about $6m attributed to CIS.

The company said it lowered the internal valuation of CIS and BCD based on “recent indicators of value during the first quarter of fiscal 2013, including market, financial performance and indications of value from interested parties.”

Brown said that as a result of these factors, Harris has puts a net book value of $287m on the company’s broadcast communications business, which he said gives an “indication of the value we expect to receive” from the sale of Harris BCD.

This is the third time in the last six months that Harris has taken a non-cash impairment charge against the value of BCD.

In May 2012 when Harris Corp announced its intention to divest BCD, the company said it “recorded in the third quarter a non-cash charge of $407m after-tax, or $3.62 per diluted share, to write down a significant portion of the goodwill and other long-lived assets in Broadcast Communications, resulting in the GAAP loss from continuing operations.”  Information about how Harris Corp calculated this write-down was published in the company’s Q3 FY 2012 10-Q filing.

Harris subsequently disclosed a second BCD impairment charge of $23.6m in August 2012 as part of the company’s annual 10-K filing with the SEC, which said:

 “Due to the length of time necessary to measure the impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets, our impairment analysis [of BCD] was not complete as of the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2012. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, we completed our impairment analysis and, as a result, recorded a $23.6 million ($10.5 million after-tax) increase to our initial estimated impairment charge. The portion of the total $447.6 million impairment charge related to goodwill was $395.6 million, a minor amount of which was deductible for tax purposes.”


The lowered valuation of BCD prompted JP Morgan Chase analyst Joseph Nadol to ask whether there is a price at which Harris would not sell the broadcast business.  Brown rebuffed this idea, saying “we made the decision to divest the Broadcast business because we didn’t think it fits strategically with where we want to take the [core] business. It’s now our job to maximize value for share owners and as we dispose of that business and that exactly what we’re doing. I don’t think it’s appropriate to have a where’s the sort of the walk-away price. We’re committed to sell the business and do the right thing for share owners, given the fact it doesn’t fit strategically and that’s what the management team has got a bead on right now. So we’ll tell more, we’ll have more of an update towards the end of the year as we announce the sale of Broadcast and clearly more to say as we announce our Q2 results.”



Related Content:

Press Release: Harris Corporation Reports Fiscal 2013 First Quarter Results

Harris Corp. Fiscal 2013 First Quarter Earnings Call Presentation

Harris shares fall after Lazard downgrade http://dcft.co/Ra6J5m

Previous Quarter: Harris Announces Q4 and Full Year 2012 Results – Says Sale of Broadcast Business is On Track to Close by End of Year

Previous Year: Harris Reports Q1 2012 Results, Says Broadcast Revenue Increasing

Harris 10-K Filing with SEC for FY 2012

Presentation: Harris Annual Meeting of Shareholders, October 26, 2012

Guest Post: Investment Banker Perspective on Sale of Harris Broadcast

Analyzing the Sale of the Harris Broadcast Division

Statement From Harris Broadcast CEO on Divestiture of Harris Broadcast Communications Division

Harris Corporation To Divest Broadcast Business

Harris Q3 FY 2012 10-Q Filing – details write-down of broadcast division

Harris 8-K Filing – Restates Fiscal 2011-12 Revenue on Pro Forma Basis (Without Broadcast and Cyber Integrated Solutions)

TVNewsCheck Article: Tech’s Big Question: What’s Next For Harris?

Quincy Herald-Whig ArticleProspective buyers seek information on Harris broadcast; business as usual in Quincy

Harris Corporation Shuts Down Cyber Integrated Solutions Business



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2 Responses

  1. Alex says:


  2. Joe Zaller says:

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