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KVH Industries Announces Results for the First Quarter

Company Records 19% Overall Growth; Defense-related Sales Up 102%

MIDDLETOWN, R.I., April 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- KVH Industries (Nasdaq: KVHI - news), a leading provider of high-bandwidth satellite communications products, defense-related navigation systems, and fiber optic products, today reported its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2002. Revenue for the period was $9.6 million with a net loss of $1.1 million, or $0.10 per share. By comparison, KVH reported revenue of $8.1 million and a net loss of $1.5 million, or $0.18 per share for the first quarter ended March 31, 2001.

Overall, the company's satellite products recorded a 29 percent increase in revenue for the first quarter over the same period last year and sales of defense-related products rose 102 percent, also over the same period last year. However, these positive gains were partially offset by a 51 percent or $0.5 million decline in fiber optic sales due to a product shipment that was delayed to meet revised customer specifications. The order is expected to ship in the second quarter.

``KVH posted record first quarter sales, driven by growing demand for our satellite communications systems and the resurgence of our defense-related revenues,'' remarked Martin Kits van Heyningen, president and chief executive officer. ``Based on our current sales trends, a total order backlog of roughly $7 million in the second quarter, and the effectiveness of our ongoing cost reduction efforts, I believe that we are on track to achieve our goals of returning to profitability during the second half of the year and growing our revenues by 30 to 40 percent this year.''

``We are also very excited about our newest fiber optic product, the DSP- 5000 fiber optic gyro, which was introduced to the marketplace last week,'' continued Mr. Kits van Heyningen. ``With its integrated digital signal processing, the DSP gyro represents a significant technical leap for KVH FOG technology. We now offer a gyro capable of tactical-grade accuracy for a fraction of the cost of competing gyros. This new gyro opens a number of new military and commercial markets to KVH. We expect that our DSP class of gyros will become the foundation for all of KVH's gyro-based products in the future,'' he said.

In addition to the company's work on the new DSP gyro, development continued on KVH's ActiveFiber(TM) technology, which will allow the company to build high-speed optical networking components directly within a strand of optical fiber.

The company also made progress in its development of a low-profile satellite television antenna for the automotive market. The company plans to conduct driving demonstrations for key retailers and potential distributors during the summer and anticipates introducing the antenna to the marketplace late in the second half of 2002.

With regard to the company's financial results, Richard Forsyth, chief financial officer, said, ``Our first quarter gross profit as a percentage of sales rose to 44 percent from 38 percent in the first quarter of the prior year, and increased by 37 percent to $4.3 million from $3.1 million in 2001. The improvement in our first quarter gross margins resulted from a doubling of higher margin, defense-related shipments, improvements in our direct costs, and a decrease in manufacturing overhead spending.''

``Looking ahead to the second quarter and the year as a whole, I continue to believe that 2002 will be a breakthrough year for KVH,'' concluded Mr. Kits van Heyningen.

First Quarter Highlights:

On February 13, 2002, KVH announced that it had signed an agreement to become the primary U.S. distributor of marine satellite communications products for Thrane & Thrane, one of the leading manufacturers of Inmarsat global satellite communication systems. KVH and the Denmark-based Thrane & Thrane will also work together to introduce new products geared toward supporting high-speed, two-way data communications in the U.S. maritime market.
On February 14, 2002, KVH introduced the Tracphone® F77 and eTrac systems. The Tracphone F77 offers mariners worldwide, high-speed access to the Internet, e-mail, and voice communications via the new Inmarsat Fleet F77 service. The KVH eTrac is a low-cost, global e-mail solution that uses the Inmarsat mini-C service.
KVH is webcasting its first quarter 2002 conference call live at 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time today through the company's web site. The conference call may be accessed at The audio archive also will be available on the company web site within three hours of the completion of the call.

KVH Industries Inc., designs and manufactures products that enable mobile communication, defense navigation, and direction sensing through the use of its proprietary mobile satellite antenna and fiber optic technologies. The company is developing next-generation systems with greater precision, durability, and versatility for communications, navigation, and industrial applications. An ISO 9001-registered company, KVH has headquarters in Middletown, Rhode Island, with a fiber optic manufacturing facility in Illinois, and a European sales, marketing, and support office in Hoersholm, Denmark.

MARCH 31, 2002 and DECEMBER 31, 2001

March 31, 2002 December 31, 2001
(Unaudited) (Audited)

Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $9,073,634 11,240,893

Accounts receivable, net 6,971,414 6,026,689

Costs and estimated earnings in excess
of billings on uncompleted contracts 395,092 482,486
Inventories 5,126,771 4,124,203

Prepaid expenses and other deposits 425,868 406,866

Deferred income taxes 603,299 637,799

Total current assets 22,596,078 22,918,936

Property and equipment, net 7,566,370 7,431,287

Other assets, less accumulated amortization 540,693 573,849

Deferred income taxes 2,238,430 2,238,430

Total assets $32,941,571 33,162,502

Liabilities and stockholders' equity:
Current liabilities:
Current portion long-term debt $86,974 86,974

Accounts payable 3,214,322 2,084,507

Accrued expenses 1,177,421 1,143,790

Customer deposits 587,165 903,853

Total current liabilities 5,065,882 4,219,124

Long-term debt 2,676,576 2,697,147

Total liabilities 7,742,458 6,916,271

Stockholders' equity:
Common stock 109,874 109,612

Additional paid-in capital 34,576,992 34,478,002

Accumulated deficit (9,487,753) (8,341,383)

Total stockholders' equity 25,199,113 26,246,231

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $32,941,571 33,162,502


Three months ended
March 31,
2002 2001

Net sales $9,641,513 8,132,671
Cost of sales 5,357,407 5,009,173
Gross profit 4,284,106 3,123,498

Operating expenses:
Research and development 2,333,699 1,744,205
Sales and marketing 2,318,264 2,248,332
General and administrative 719,340 638,251

Loss from operations (1,087,197) (1,507,290)
Other expense:
Other expense 2,024 22,335

Interest expense, net 22,649 7,741

Loss before income taxes (1,111,870) (1,537,366)
Income taxes 34,500 --

Net loss $(1,146,370) (1,537,366)

Per share information:

Loss per share:
Basic $(0.10) (0.18)
Diluted $(0.10) (0.18)

Number of shares used in per share calculation:
Basic 10,973,616 8,626,470
Diluted 10,973,616 8,626,470

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. For example, the statements regarding the company's financial and product development goals are forward-looking statements. The actual results realized by the company could differ materially from the statements made herein. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to: failure to develop and market fiber optic products; lack of reliable vendors, service providers, and outside products; continued poor military sales cycles; unforeseen changes in competing technologies and products; worldwide economic variances; and poor or delayed research and development results. Additional factors are discussed in the company's 2001 Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 20, 2002. Copies are available through the company's Investor Relations department and web site,

KVH Industries Contact:
Richard Forsyth, Chief Financial Officer

Investor Relations Contact:
Phil Davidson or Jolinda Taylor
Morgen-Walke Associates

Financial Media Contact:
Ron Heckmann
Morgen-Walke Associates

SOURCE: KVH Industries
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