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To: cmg who wrote (1390)9/15/2002 5:34:09 PM
From: David Semoreson
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Robert KVH or Forsyth ?

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To: David Semoreson who wrote (1391)9/15/2002 7:05:00 PM
From: cmg
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Forsyth..............Would you stick around after being demoted or passed over...

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To: david james who started this subject9/16/2002 8:02:17 AM
From: Roy F
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KVH Fiber Optic Gyros Guide New U.S. Army Ground Prophet Signal Intelligence System

$1 Million Order Expands Use of TACNAV FOG Aboard Ground Prophet; System Playing Key Role in Counter-terrorism Efforts

Monday September 16, 7:30 am ET

MIDDLETOWN, R.I., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- KVH Industries (Nasdaq: KVHI - News) announced today that it has received its latest order for more than $1 million worth of TACNAV FOG navigation systems for use aboard the U.S. Army's new Ground Prophet signal intelligence vehicles. Unveiled in June 2002, Ground Prophet is the latest step in the U.S. Army's transformation into a more agile, mobile, and responsive force. Each Ground Prophet vehicle is equipped with a TACNAV FOG system and provides military units with the ability to intercept radio signals, perform signal direction finding, and develop field intelligence from intercepted voice and communications data. This purchase is the most recent installment of an order potentially worth $3.9 million that KVH announced in November 2001 and comes as the U.S. Army is accelerating the deployment of the entire Ground Prophet system.

"The Ground Prophet intelligence gathering system has already proven to be an invaluable tool in our military's ongoing counter-terrorism and homeland defense operations and will be a critical component in the deployment of the Interim Brigade Combat Team," declared Martin Kits van Heyningen. "We are very proud that KVH's TACNAV FOG offers the precision pointing and reliability required to perform as an integral part of this system and support the U.S. Army's signal intelligence efforts."

The Prophet System, developed and managed by the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors, is a next-generation signals intelligence (SIGINT) and electronic warfare (EW) system. It includes a signal intercept system mounted on a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). While many of its capabilities remain classified, Ground Prophet was designed to replace legacy systems developed more than 30 years ago. It provides digital triangulation, requires two minutes to raise the 20- foot mast and be operational, and covers 10 times as many radio frequencies as older systems.

The system uses the KVH TACNAV FOG, which is equipped with a KVH fiber optic gyro (FOG) to provide precision bearing and position data, even if the Global Positioning System (GPS) is jammed or unavailable. Ground Prophet will be fielded as part of the new Interim Brigade Combat Team, the Army's lighter, faster transitional force and a key element in the effort to develop a military force capable of handling the changing demands and global deployment needs of the 21st century military.

During the system's formal June 12, 2002, unveiling in Washington, D.C., Edward Bair, program executive officer for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Sensors, declared "The (Army) Chief of Staff's vision of the future is to see first, act first, kill first. The Prophet is truly transformational in that it supports the first part of the Army's vision. To see first, we must have persistent and pervasive intelligence-gathering capabilities."

According to Lt. General Robert Noonan, deputy chief of staff, G2, who was the keynote speaker at the Capitol Hill unveiling ceremony, the Ground Prophet system has already been proven in the field. "We won't get into too much detail, but it has been used in Afghanistan -- in operations over there -- successfully," he said.

Complete information regarding KVH's TACNAV FOG and other defense-related systems can be found on the company's web site,

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.

Except for historical facts, the statements in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. For example, the discussion of the potential value of contract awards is a forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements are merely our current predictions of future events. The statements are inherently uncertain, and actual results realized by the company could differ materially from the statements made herein. Important factors that might cause such differences include: the level of government funding for defense programs, cancellation of weapons programs, and delays in contract awards. Additional factors that could affect future events 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 assumes no obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect new information and developments.

KVH Industries Contact:
Chris Watson, Communications Coordinator

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

Financial Media Contact:
Ron Heckmann
FD Morgen-Walke

Source: KVH Industries

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To: cmg who wrote (1392)9/16/2002 8:02:49 AM
From: Sector Investor
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KVH Industries, Inc. (ticker: KVHI, exchange: NASDAQ) News Release - 9/16/2002
KVH Fiber Optic Gyros Guide New U.S. Army Ground Prophet Signal Intelligence System

MIDDLETOWN, R.I., Sep 16, 2002 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ --

$1 Million Order Expands Use of TACNAV FOG Aboard Ground Prophet; System Playing Key Role in Counter-terrorism Efforts

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To: Sector Investor who wrote (1394)9/16/2002 11:08:16 AM
From: Bridge Player
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In the current market it seems as though any good news is simply ignored.

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To: Bridge Player who wrote (1395)9/16/2002 3:25:58 PM
From: Sector Investor
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Fleetwood's sales give a clue to Q3

Fleetwood was a KVH customer prior to June, but most of their antenna sales went to pop-up antennas from other vendors. This year, KVH gets all the antenna sales Fleetwood generates.

Before the June agreement, KVH antennas were separate from the Fleetwood RV purchase agreement. Now they are just another option decision the customer can make, with the antenna price included as part of the total financed price, and a small difference in the monthly payments.

Fleetwood says they sold 3,790 Class "A" Motorhomes from January through June this year.

Instead of just a few sales out of Fleetwood, KVH stands to get thousands of sales per year.

In Fact, KVH already told us this.

<<Subject to consumer demand, this opportunity represents the potential sale of several thousand additional TracVision units in the next 12 months.">>

This is a HUGE difference, and you don't need to be a genius or have an MBA to see it. The jump in communications sales from $5.9M in Q1 to $7.9M in Q2 with just 1-2 months of Fleetwood sales, and Fleetwood's strong quarter announced earlier this month (which includes the month of July), should allow everyone here a bit of vision into Q3 and the future.

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To: Sector Investor who wrote (1396)9/16/2002 9:04:16 PM
From: Sector Investor
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Since Fleetwood has now become so important as a yardstick towards present and future KVH communications revenue, some parts of their recent 10K, issued in July after their 2002 year. They have an odd year structure. This information reflacts the 2002 year which ended in April. Their latest quarter, which was reported earlier this month, is for Q1 2003. There is some interesting information here.


Business Outlook

Late in calendar year 2001, the wholesale motor home market, particularly for gasoline powered Class A products, began to improve after about 18 months of decline.

The combination of the improved market and positive acceptance of our new products has been reflected in increased market share, higher backlogs and improved production rates, as well as the motor home division's best quarterly results, in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2002, in over two years.

Both the towable and motor home segments introduced lower-priced products in fiscal year 2001, which adversely affected gross margins. In addition, we incurred significant non-recurring costs in an effort to right size our businesses. Our existing manufacturing capacity is more than adequate to satisfy current retail demand.

With the current low interest rates, declining dealer inventories, significant restructuring costs mostly behind us, and the introduction of new products, we expect our recreational vehicle group will achieve improved operating results in fiscal 2003 over fiscal 2002. However, the improved results of our recreational vehicle group could be adversely affected if recent declines in the stock market begin to undermine consumer confidence, which is a key factor affecting the recreational vehicle industry.

Recreational Vehicles

In fiscal year 2002, recreational vehicle sales were flat with the prior year at $1.21 billion. Motor home revenues increased by 12 percent to $716.7 million on a 3 percent increase in shipments from 8,148 units to 8,366 units. This mainly reflects improved retail demand and motor home dealer confidence beginning late in calendar year 2001. In the towable recreational vehicle category, travel trailer sales declined 16 percent from $451.9 million to $378.4 million as we continued to suffer from a lukewarm response to new product offerings in this segment. Folding trailer sales rose one percent to $117.8 million. Fiscal year unit shipments for travel trailers and folding trailers were 27,263 (including slide-in truck campers) and 17,946 respectively, representing a decrease of 17 percent for travel trailers and 6 percent for folding trailers.

The RV Group incurred a $37.5 million operating loss for the year compared with a $73.1 million loss in fiscal year 2001. The operating loss was due to travel trailers losing $38.3 million on the decline in sales and low gross margins. Motor homes earned $392,000 compared to a loss of $44.1 million in the prior year. The significant improvement in earnings was the result of a 12 percent increase in sales, improved gross margins and reduced operating expenses. Folding trailers earned $451,000 compared to $4.7 million in the prior year. Last year's RV Group results were negatively impacted by high sales incentives, labor inefficiencies due to erratic production schedules, and plant shutdown costs. Gross profit margin for the RV Group increased from 12.3 percent to 12.9 percent due to improvement in motor home margins. Motor home gross margin improvement was primarily due to a shift in product mix from Class C product to higher priced Class A motor homes. RV Group operating costs were 12 percent lower than the prior year on flat sales mainly due to the prior year's downsizing activities.

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To: Sector Investor who wrote (1397)9/18/2002 8:23:18 AM
From: David Semoreson
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more insider selling ... and it seems to filed late relative to the others.

Relation: Vice President
Transaction date: August 27, 2002
Shares for sale: 15526

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To: david james who started this subject9/18/2002 8:51:58 PM
From: Sector Investor
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Reply to Commandor58 on Yahoo! Any Yahoo! post over a few lines doesn't work anymore.

Why not wear a red flag!

Appearing here for the first time today with a negative post and with a Strong Sell recommendation, is like shouting "I'M SHORT!"


The Yahoo! sentiment is the stupidest thing imaginable. What long would use a strong sell recommendation on a post about a stock they own? What neutral would post here at all?

I'll address your comments anyway.

<<insiders are selling since the 2nd Q CC.>>

You do know they can only sell in small windows after earnings, right? So OF COURSE it's after a CC - IT ALWAYS IS. DUH!

If you look at the insider selling, you will see that almost 70% of it is by two people, Richard and Sid.

Now if you look at several SEC DEF 14As for the last several years you will see both listed since 1998 in the Executive Officers table, and were granted options each year. In the 2002 DEF 14A both drop out of the table and neither were granted options. A new CFO gets hired in July. Subsequently both are selling out their shares, and one is listed as a "former VP" on the sell transaction. You don't need special skills to read into that. So that selling has to be discounted as a special situation.

The remaining sellers are mainly small amounts, and we know more than one of the executives are buying new homes. And most of them still own more shares in 2002 than they did in 1999.

I see no issue here - unless someone who wants the stock to drop further appears to point out the insider selling!

LOL! You people should do some DD before you post here!

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To: Sector Investor who wrote (1399)9/18/2002 9:49:47 PM
From: Sector Investor
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Reply to indinvestor on Yahoo!

<<Short KVHI? You've got to be kidding! The maximum potential on a short of this stock is only a few bucks, but more realistically, a few cents here and there. >>

Indi, I'm willing to bet Commandor58 went short here today at $6.00 or near.

I watched the action today like usual. Did you notice the Ask never dropped from $6.30?

He is short and trapped here, with the Ask 30 cents higher! No wonder he appeared here to bash!

$6 is near the bottom for this cycle. Q3 is going to be a quarter to be remembered.

It is an oddity that Fleetwood's Fiscal Year begins at the end of April. Their latest earnings include the month of July, and we know they had a strong sales quarter, with positive comments about the RV sector and Class "A" motor homes in general. Fleetwood is averaging over 630 Class "A" motor homes per month, almost 1,900 per quarter.

Each customer purchasing a KVH antenna gives KVH about $1,800 - $2,000 in new sales. If just 50% bought antennas, that represents about $1,800,000 IN NEW REVENUE that they didn't have in the past. That doesn't count Featherlite or Rexhall, who could add an extra few hundred thousand to the top line. Figure perhaps an extra $2,000,000 between the three new OEMs, and a rebound in sensor sales (as was mentioned in the CC), and the acceleration of the Ground Prophet order (which was anticipated), and you can see an excellent quarter shaping up.

Then add in the new CFO's statements in the last CC::

<<My immediate priorities are squarely focused on our financial performance. We WILL adjust our cost structure to yield profits in the near term, and sustain profitable growth in the longer term. We will also improve asset utilization to strengthen cash flow, and provide for additional tactical and strategic investment flexibility. And I intend to provide the finance management, leadership and support, that will drive the company to achieve best in class performance over the longer term. >>

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