30.07.09

Itron: Second Quarter Results

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Itron Inc. reported financial results for its second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2009. Results include:

    * Quarterly and six-month revenues of $414 million and $802 million;
    * Quarterly and six-month non-GAAP diluted EPS of 49 cents and 82 cents;
    * Quarterly and six-month Adjusted EBITDA of $47 million and $90 million; and
    * Quarterly and six-month Bookings of $427 million and $1.05 billion.

“Revenue in the second quarter was up from the first quarter,” said Malcolm Unsworth, president and CEO. “However, we continue to be affected by the economy, customers’ uncertainty related to stimulus funds and volatility in foreign currency exchange rates.”

Operations Highlights – Second Quarter:

Revenues – Total revenues of $414 million for the second quarter of 2009 were $100 million, or 19%, lower than 2008 second quarter revenues of $514 million. North America revenues of $143 million for the second quarter of 2009 were $39 million, or 21%, lower than the second quarter of 2008. The lower North America revenue in 2009 was primarily driven by the completion of a number of AMR contracts in 2008 and fewer electric meters shipped during the quarter related to the economic downturn and delays in orders as customers evaluate projects eligible for stimulus funds. International revenues were $271 million for the second quarter of 2009, which were $61 million, or 18%, lower than second quarter 2008. Approximately 82% of the decrease in International revenue was due to foreign exchange rates while the remainder was primarily due to the completion of a smart metering/AMI project in 2008 and lower revenue in South America. Shipments of products to electric, gas and water utilities comprised approximately 41%, 30% and 29% of total International revenue in both 2009 and 2008.

Gross Margin – Gross margin for the second quarter of 2009 was 32.2%. This compares with 34.3% in the second quarter of 2008. Second quarter 2009 North America gross margin of 35.0% was lower than 2008 gross margin of 38.5%. The lower gross margin in 2009 was primarily driven by shipments of our first generation AMI meters and increased overhead due to lower overall production levels. International gross margin of 30.7% was lower than second quarter 2008 gross margin of 32.0% primarily due to completion of a smart metering/AMI project in Sweden and a higher mix of service revenue with lower margins in South America.

Operating Expenses – Total operating expenses for the second quarter of 2009 were $121 million compared with 2008 second quarter operating expenses of $140 million. North America operating expenses of $44.1 million in the second quarter of 2009 were lower than 2008 second quarter operating expenses of $50.0 million due to lower sales and general and administrative expenses. International operating expenses in the second quarter of 2009 of $70.2 million were $10.1 million lower than $80.3 million in the second quarter of 2008, due in large part to decreased amortization of intangibles expense in the 2009 period, as well as foreign exchange rates. Corporate unallocated expenses of $7 million for the second quarter of 2009 were $2.7 million lower than in the second quarter of 2008 due to reductions in both compensation expenses and consulting fees for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

Interest and Other Income – Net interest expense of $15.9 million in the second quarter of 2009 was substantially lower than $24.3 million in the comparable period in 2008, due primarily to lower average debt balances. Amortization of debt placement fees, which is included in net interest expense, of $374,000 in the second quarter of 2009 was lower than the same period in 2008 due to higher debt amortization expense related to $304 million in debt repayments in the second quarter of 2008. Other expense was $2.9 million in the second quarter of 2009 compared with other expense of $1.8 million in 2008. The other expense in the current period is primarily due to legal and advisory fees associated with an amendment to our senior debt agreement.

Income Taxes – We had a tax benefit of $22.4 million in the second quarter of 2009 compared with $1 million in the same quarter of 2008. The second quarter of 2009 benefit is due to expected lower income in higher tax jurisdictions for the year.

GAAP Net Income and Diluted EPS – Our GAAP net income and diluted EPS for the second quarter of 2009 was $15.3 million, or 40 cents per share, compared with net income of $11.1 million, or 31 cents per share, in the same period in 2008.

Non-GAAP Operating Income, Net Income and Diluted EPS – Non-GAAP operating income, which excludes amortization expense related to intangible assets, was $35.9 million, or 8.7% of revenues, in the second quarter of 2009. The 2009 non-GAAP operating income was lower than the $67.6 million, or 13.2% of revenues, in the second quarter of 2008 primarily due to the combination of lower revenues and gross margin contribution in 2009. Non-GAAP net income, which also excludes amortization of debt placement fees and the additional non-cash interest expense related to the adoption of FSP 14-1, was $18.6 million compared with $36.0 million in the 2008 period. Non-GAAP diluted EPS was 49 cents in 2009 compared with $1.02 in 2008. The lower net income and EPS was primarily due to the decline in gross margin and lower revenues in 2009. Diluted weighted average shares outstanding in the second quarter of 2009 were approximately 2.8 million shares higher than the same period in 2008 primarily due to the convertible debt for stock exchange in the first quarter of 2009 and the equity offering in the second quarter of 2009. Our non-GAAP tax rates were 6% and 26% for the second quarter of 2009 and 2008. The lower non-GAAP tax rate in 2009 is due to projected lower income in higher tax jurisdictions.

“This quarter was another challenge for Itron, especially compared against the second quarter of last year when we had the best quarterly performance in the history of the company,” said Unsworth. “Although we have talked about 2009 being a challenging year due to the economy and the timing of stimulus funds and AMI deployments, we continue to believe that next year we will begin to reap the rewards of our investments in this new technology based on the current schedule of business.”

Operations Highlights – Six Months:

Revenues – Total revenues of $802 million for the first six months of 2009 were $190 million, or 19%, lower than 2008 six month revenues of $992 million. North America revenues of $282 million for the first six months of 2009 were $70 million, or 20%, lower than the first half of 2008. The lower North America revenue in 2009 was primarily driven by the completion of a number of AMR contracts in 2008 and fewer electric meters shipped during the first six months related to the economic downturn and delays in orders as customers evaluate projects eligible for stimulus funds. International revenues of $520 million for the first six months of 2009 were $121 million, or 19%, lower than the same period in 2008. Approximately 85% of the decrease in International revenue was due to foreign exchange rates while the remainder was primarily due to the completion of a smart metering/AMI project in 2008 and lower revenue in South America. Shipments of products to electric, gas and water utilities comprised approximately 39%, 29% and 32% of total International revenue in 2009 compared with 40%, 29% and 31% in 2008.

Gross Margin – Gross margin for the first six months of 2009 was 32.7%. This compares with 34.1% in the first six months of 2008. First half 2009 North America gross margin of 36.2% was lower than 2008 gross margin of 38.2%. The lower gross margin in 2009 was primarily driven by shipments of our first generation AMI meters and increased overhead due to lower overall production levels. International gross margin of 30.8% was lower than first half 2008 gross margin of 31.9% primarily due to completion of a smart metering/AMI project in Sweden and a higher mix of service revenue with lower margins in South America.

Operating Expenses – Total operating expenses for the first six months of 2009 were $242 million compared with $275 million in the same period in 2008. North America operating expenses of $88.6 million in the first six months of 2009 were lower than 2008 six month operating expenses of $96 million due to lower sales and general and administrative expenses. International operating expenses in the first six months of 2009 of $137.7 million were $21.1 million lower than the $159.8 million in the first half of 2008, due in large part to decreased amortization of intangibles expense in the 2009 period, as well as foreign exchange rates. Corporate unallocated expenses of $15.7 million for the first six months of 2009 were $3.9 million lower than the first half of 2008 due to reductions in both compensation expenses and consulting fees for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

Interest and Other Income – Net interest expense of $32 million in the first six months of 2009 was substantially lower than the $51 million in the comparable period in 2008, due primarily to lower average debt balances and lower interest rates. Amortization of debt placement fees, which is included in net interest expense, of $2.2 million in the first six months of 2009 was lower than the $5.7 million in the same period in 2008 due to higher debt amortization expense related to $351 million in debt repayments in the second half of 2008. Other expense was $4.9 million in the first six months of 2009 compared with $1.7 million in 2008. The other expense in the current period is primarily due to legal and advisory fees associated with an amendment to our senior debt agreement and foreign exchange losses caused by volatility in foreign exchange rates. In the first six months of 2009, we incurred a $10.3 million net loss on the extinguishment of debt related to a convertible debt for common stock exchange. The difference in the value of the shares of Itron’s common stock issued under the exchange agreement and the value of the shares used to derive the amount payable under the original conversion agreement resulted in a net loss on extinguishment of debt.

Income Taxes – We had a tax benefit of $22.4 million in the first six months of 2009 compared with $1.7 million in the same period of 2008. The first six months of 2009 benefit is due to expected lower income in higher tax jurisdictions for the year.

GAAP Net Income/Loss and Diluted EPS – Our GAAP net loss and fully diluted EPS loss for the first six months of 2009 was $4.4 million, or 12 cents per share, compared with net income of $12.0 million, or 35 cents per share, in the same period in 2008.

Non-GAAP Operating Income, Net Income and Diluted EPS – Non-GAAP operating income, which excludes amortization expense related to intangible assets, was $68.3 million, or 8.5% of revenues in the first half of 2009. The 2009 non-GAAP operating income was lower than the $126.2 million, or 12.7% of revenues, in the first half of 2008 primarily due to the combination of lower revenues and gross margin contribution in 2009. Non-GAAP net income, which also excludes amortization of debt placement fees, the additional non-cash interest expense related to the adoption of FSP 14-1 and the non-cash net loss associated with the convertible debt for stock exchange, was $30.8 million compared with $62.9 million in the 2008 period. Non-GAAP diluted EPS was 82 cents in 2009 compared with $1.85 in 2008. The lower net income and EPS was primarily due to a decline in gross margin and lower revenues in 2009. Diluted weighted average shares outstanding in the first six months of 2009 were approximately 3.3 million shares higher than the same period in 2008 primarily due to the equity offering of 3.4 million shares in the second quarter of 2008, the convertible debt for stock exchange in the first quarter of 2009 and the equity offering in the second quarter of 2009. Our non-GAAP tax rates were 19% and 26% for the first six months of 2009 and 2008, respectively. The lower non-GAAP tax rate in 2009 is due to projected lower income in higher tax jurisdictions.

Other Financial Highlights:

New Order Bookings and Backlog - New order bookings for the second quarter of 2009 were $427 million, compared with $432 million in the second quarter of 2008. Our book-to-bill ratios were 1.03 to 1 and .9 to 1 for the second quarter of 2009 and 2008, respectively. New order bookings for the first six months of 2009 were $1.05 billion compared with $916 million in the same six months of 2008. Total backlog was $1.6 billion at June 30, 2009 compared with $609 million at June 30, 2008. Twelve month backlog of $646 million at June 30, 2009 was higher than the $493 million at June 30, 2008 due to the timing of future AMI shipments.

Cash Flows – Net cash provided by operating activities during the first six months of 2009 was $67 million, compared with $120 million in the same period in 2008. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and the non-cash net loss on extinguishment of debt (Adjusted EBITDA) in the second quarter of 2009 was $47 million compared with $79 million for the same period in 2008. Adjusted EBITDA for the first six months of 2009 was $90 million compared with $151 million in the first six months of 2008. Free cash flow in the first six months of 2009 was $40 million compared with $91 million in the same period of 2008.

Non-GAAP Financial Information:

To supplement our consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, we use certain non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income and diluted EPS, Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow. We provide these non-GAAP financial measures because we believe they provide greater transparency and represent supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making. Specifically, these non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance investors’ overall understanding of our current financial performance and our future anticipated performance by excluding infrequent costs, particularly those associated with acquisitions. We exclude these expenses in our non-GAAP financial measures as we believe the net result is a measure of our core business that is not subject to the variations of expenses associated with these infrequently occurring items. Non-GAAP performance measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Finally, our non-GAAP financial measures may be different from those reported by other companies. A more detailed discussion of why we use non-GAAP financial measures, the limitations of using such measures and reconciliations between non-GAAP and the nearest GAAP financial measures are included in this press release.

Earnings Conference Call:

Itron will host a conference call to discuss the financial results contained in this release at 2:00 p.m. (PDT) on July 29, 2009. The call will be webcast in a listen only mode and can be accessed online at www.itron.com, “Investors/Investor Events.” The live webcast will begin at 2:00 p.m. (PDT). The webcast replay will begin after the conclusion of the live call and will be available for two weeks. A telephone replay of the call will also be available approximately one hour after the conclusion of the live call, for 48 hours, and is accessible by dialing (888) 203-1112 (Domestic) or (719) 457-0820 (International), entering passcode #9496493. You may also view presentation materials related to the earnings call on Itron’s website, www.itron.com / Investors / Presentations.

About Itron:

Itron, Inc. is a leading technology provider to the global energy and water industries. Our company is the world’s leading provider of intelligent metering, data collection and utility software solutions, with nearly 8,000 utilities worldwide relying on our technology to optimize the delivery and use of energy and water. Our products include electricity, gas, water and heat meters, data collection and communication systems, including automated meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI); meter data management and related software applications; as well as project management, installation and consulting services. To know more, start here: www.itron.com.

Statements of operations, segment information, balance sheets, cash flow statements and reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures follow.

 
ITRON, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
          
(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)                                       
                    Three Months Ended June 30,         Six Months Ended June 30,
                2009         2008         2009         2008
                                        
Revenues         $     413,748             $     513,931             $     802,266             $     992,407     
Cost of revenues               280,639                     337,721                     539,573                     653,638     
Gross profit             133,109                 176,210                 262,693                 338,769     
                                        
Operating expenses                                 
Sales and marketing             37,925                 44,205                 74,900                 86,171     
Product development             30,809                 31,471                 61,967                 60,502     
General and administrative             28,467                 32,889                 57,491                 65,912     
Amortization of intangible assets               24,189                     31,467                     47,667                     62,719     
Total operating expenses               121,390                     140,032                     242,025                     275,304     
                                        
Operating income             11,719                 36,178                 20,668                 63,465     
Other income (expense)                                 
Interest income             481                 1,460                 1,016                 2,884     
Interest expense             (16,399     )             (25,788     )             (33,244     )             (54,325     )
Loss on extinguishment of debt, net             -                 -                 (10,340     )             -     
Other income (expense), net               (2,877     )               (1,845     )               (4,911     )               (1,657     )
Total other income (expense)               (18,795     )               (26,173     )               (47,479     )               (53,098     )
                                        
Income (loss) before income taxes             (7,076     )             10,005                 (26,811     )             10,367     
Income tax benefit               22,365                     1,084                     22,371                     1,675     
                                        
Net income (loss)         $     15,289               $     11,089               $     (4,440     )         $     12,042     
                                        
Earnings (loss) per common share                                 
Basic         $     0.40               $     0.34               $     (0.12     )         $     0.38     
Diluted         $     0.40               $     0.31               $     (0.12     )         $     0.35     
                                        
Weighted average common shares outstanding                                 
Basic             37,776                 32,796                 36,968                 31,746     
Diluted             38,130                 35,325                 36,968                 34,041     
 
 
ITRON, INC.
SEGMENT INFORMATION
 
(Unaudited, in thousands)                                         
                          Three Months Ended June 30,         Six Months Ended June 30,
                    2009         2008         2009         2008
Revenues                                 
Itron North America         $     142,943             $     182,023             $     282,329             $     351,851     
Itron International               270,805                     331,908                     519,937                     640,556     
Total Company         $     413,748               $     513,931               $     802,266               $     992,407     
                                            
                                            
Gross profit                                 
Itron North America         $     49,977             $     70,130             $     102,296             $     134,347     
Itron International               83,132                     106,080                     160,397                     204,422     
Total Company         $     133,109               $     176,210               $     262,693               $     338,769     
                                            
                                            
Operating income (loss)                                 
Itron North America         $     5,855             $     20,174             $     13,648             $     38,362     
Itron International             12,913                 25,779                 22,698                 44,666     
Corporate unallocated               (7,049     )               (9,775     )               (15,678     )               (19,563     )
Total Company         $     11,719               $     36,178               $     20,668               $     63,465     
                                            
                                            
                    Three Months Ended June 30,         Six Months Ended June 30,
                    2009         2008         2009         2008
Unit Shipments         (units in thousands)         (units in thousands)
Total meters (with or without AMR/AMI)                                 
Electricity - Itron North America             760                 1,325                 1,600                 2,625     
Electricity - Itron International             1,970                 1,850                 3,780                 3,700     
Gas             910                 1,075                 1,820                 1,975     
Water               2,025                     2,275                     4,380                     4,600     
Total meters               5,665                     6,525                     11,580                     12,900     
                                            
AMR/AMI units (North America and International)                             
Meters with AMR             760                 1,365                 1,530                 2,690     
Meters with AMI             80                 10                 100                 10     
AMR/AMI modules               1,010                     1,225                     2,010                     2,300     
Total AMR/AMI units               1,850                     2,600                     3,640                     5,000     
                                            
Meters with other vendors' AMR               125                     150                     310                     400     
 
We made refinements to our two operating segments on January 1, 2009 as we continue to integrate and refine operations of the Actaris acquisition that was completed in 2007. The information presented for the three and six months ended June 30, 2008 reflects the restatement of our segment operating results based on this refinement.
 
 
ITRON, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
(Unaudited, in thousands)                         
                                
                June 30, 2009         December 31, 2008
ASSETS                     
Current assets                     
Cash and cash equivalents         $     276,128         $     144,390     
Accounts receivable, net             311,338             321,278     
Inventories             165,785             164,210     
Deferred income taxes, net             28,734             31,807     
Other               63,664               56,032     
Total current assets             845,649             717,717     
                            
Property, plant and equipment, net             312,468             307,717     
Prepaid debt fees             14,503             12,943     
Deferred income taxes, net             58,216             30,917     
Other             19,359             19,315     
Intangible assets, net             429,629             481,886     
Goodwill               1,278,264               1,285,853     
Total assets         $     2,958,088         $     2,856,348     
                            
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                     
Current liabilities                     
Accounts payable         $     187,543         $     200,725     
Other current liabilities             69,215             66,365     
Wages and benefits payable             68,537             78,336     
Taxes payable             27,969             18,595     
Current portion of long-term debt             120,004             10,769     
Current portion of warranty             20,271             23,375     
Unearned revenue             37,328             24,329     
Deferred income taxes, net               1,927               1,927     
Total current liabilities             532,794             424,421     
                            
Long-term debt             854,052             1,140,998     
Warranty             13,794             14,880     
Pension plan benefits             56,831             55,810     
Deferred income taxes, net             88,860             102,720     
Other obligations               62,685               58,743     
Total liabilities             1,609,016             1,797,572     
                            
Commitments and contingencies                     
                            
Shareholders' equity                     
Preferred stock             -             -     
Common stock             1,287,155             992,184     
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net             33,858             34,093     
Retained earnings             28,059             50,291     
Cumulative effect of change in accounting principle               -               (17,792     )
Total shareholders' equity               1,349,072               1,058,776     
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity         $     2,958,088         $     2,856,348     
 
 
ITRON, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 
(Unaudited, in thousands)                     
                    Six Months Ended June 30,
                2009         2008
                        
Operating activities                 
Net income (loss)         $     (4,440     )         $     12,042     
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:                 
Depreciation and amortization             74,407                 89,466     
Stock-based compensation             9,279                 8,026     
Amortization of prepaid debt fees             2,272                 5,885     
Amortization of convertible debt discount             4,895                 6,602     
Loss on extinguishment of debt, net             9,960                 -     
Deferred income taxes, net             (35,000     )             (16,987     )
Other, net             (465     )             432     
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:                 
Accounts receivable             9,940                 (15,186     )
Inventories             (1,575     )             (32,158     )
Accounts payables, other current liabilities, and taxes payable             (4,054     )             39,562     
Wages and benefits payable             (9,004     )             12,481     
Unearned revenue             12,719                 9,975     
Warranty             (4,190     )             3,035     
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes             7,919                 2,986     
Other, net               (5,310     )               (5,712     )
Net cash provided by operating activities             67,353                 120,449     
                        
Investing activities                 
Acquisitions of property, plant, and equipment             (27,804     )             (28,966     )
Business acquisitions & contingent consideration, net of cash equivalents acquired             (1,317     )             (95     )
Other, net               3,973                     1,379     
Net cash used in investing activities             (25,148     )             (27,682     )
                        
Financing activities                 
Payments on debt             (70,241     )             (350,749     )
Issuance of common stock             162,153                 317,536     
Other, net               (4,579     )               (67     )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities             87,333                 (33,280     )
                        
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents               2,200                     704     
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents             131,738                 60,191     
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period               144,390                     91,988     
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period         $     276,128               $     152,179     
 

Itron, Inc.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The accompanying press release dated July 29, 2009 contains non-GAAP financial measures. To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, we use certain non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income and diluted EPS, Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures please see the table captioned “Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to Most Directly Comparable GAAP Financial Measures”.

We use these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision making and as a means for determining executive compensation. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance and ability to service debt by excluding certain expenses that may not be indicative of our recurring core operating results. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management’s internal comparisons to our historical performance and ability to service debt as well as comparisons to our competitor’s operating results. Our executive compensation plans exclude non-cash charges related to amortization of intangibles and non-recurring discrete cash and non-cash charges that are infrequent in nature such as in-process research and development (IPR&D), purchase accounting adjustments or extinguishment of debt gains and losses. We believe that both management and investors benefit from referring to these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing our performance and when planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods. We believe these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors because they provide greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making and because they are used by our institutional investors and the analyst community to help them analyze the health of our business.

Non-GAAP operating income – We define non-GAAP operating income as operating income minus amortization of intangible assets. We consider this non-GAAP financial measure to be a useful metric for management and investors because it excludes the effects of expenses that are related to previous acquisitions. By excluding these expenses we believe that it is easier for management and investors to compare our financial results over multiple periods and analyze trends in our operations. For example, expenses related to amortization of intangible assets are now decreasing, which is improving GAAP operating margins, yet the improvement in GAAP operating margins due to this lower expense is not necessarily reflective of an improvement in our core business. There are some limitations related to the use of non-GAAP operating income versus operating income calculated in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP operating income excludes some costs that are recurring. Additionally, the expenses that we exclude in our calculation of non-GAAP operating income may differ from the expenses that our peer companies exclude when they report the results of their operations. We compensate for these limitations by providing specific information about the GAAP amounts we have excluded from our non-GAAP operating income and evaluating non-GAAP operating income together with GAAP operating income.

Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS – We define non-GAAP net income as net income minus the expenses associated with amortization of intangible assets, amortization of debt placement fees, non-cash interest expense from the adoption of FSB APB 14-1 and the non-cash net loss on the extinguishment of debt. We define non-GAAP diluted EPS as non-GAAP net income divided by the weighted average shares, on a diluted basis, outstanding during each period. We consider these financial measures to be useful metrics for management and investors for the same reasons that we use non-GAAP operating income. The same limitations described above regarding our use of non-GAAP operating income apply to our use of non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS. We compensate for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS and evaluating non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS together with GAAP net income and GAAP diluted EPS.

Adjusted EBITDA – We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income minus interest income, plus interest expense, tax expense, depreciation and amortization of intangible asset expenses and the non-cash net loss on the extinguishment of debt. We believe that providing this financial measure is important for management and investors to understand our ability to service our debt as it is a measure of the cash generated by our core business. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a performance measure for executive compensation. A limitation to using Adjusted EBITDA is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in the cash balance for the period and the measure includes some non-cash items and excludes other non-cash items. Additionally, the expenses that we exclude in our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA may differ from the expenses that our peer companies exclude when they report their results. Management compensates for this limitation by providing a reconciliation of this measure to GAAP net income.

Free Cash Flow – We define free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities less acquisitions of property, plant and equipment. We believe free cash flow provides investors with a relevant measure of liquidity and a useful basis for assessing our ability to fund our operations and repay our debt. The same limitations described above regarding our use of non-GAAP operating income apply to our use of free cash flow. We compensate for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts and reconciling to free cash flow.

The accompanying tables have more detail on the GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to the non-GAAP financial measures and the related reconciliations between these financial measures.

      
ITRON, INC.
RECONCILIATIONS OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
TO MOST DIRECTLY COMPARABLE GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
    
(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share data)                                         
            Three Months Ended June 30,         Six Months Ended June 30,
            2009         2008         2009         2008
Non-GAAP operating income:                                 
GAAP operating income         $     11,719             $     36,178             $     20,668             $     63,465     
Amortization of intangible assets               24,189                     31,467                     47,667                     62,719     
Non-GAAP operating income         $     35,908               $     67,645               $     68,335               $     126,184     
                                    
Non-GAAP net income:                                 
GAAP net income (loss)         $     15,289             $     11,089             $     (4,440     )         $     12,042     
Amortization of intangible assets             24,189                 31,467                 47,667                 62,719     
Amortization of debt placement fees             374                 3,967                 2,162                 5,749     

(1) FSP APB 14-1 interest expense
            2,325                 3,331                 4,895                 6,602     
Loss on extinguishment of debt, net             -                 -                 9,960                 -     
Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments               (23,608     )               (13,862     )               (29,453     )               (24,247     )
Non-GAAP net income         $     18,569               $     35,992               $     30,791               $     62,865     
                                          
Non-GAAP diluted EPS         $     0.49               $     1.02               $     0.82               $     1.85     
                                    
Weighted average common shares outstanding - Diluted               38,130                     35,325                     37,337                     34,041     
                                    
Adjusted EBITDA:                                 
GAAP net income (loss)         $     15,289             $     11,089             $     (4,440     )         $     12,042     
Interest income             (481     )             (1,460     )             (1,016     )             (2,884     )
Interest expense             16,399                 25,788                 33,244                 54,325     
Income tax benefit             (22,365     )             (1,084     )             (22,371     )             (1,675     )
Depreciation and amortization             38,171                 45,148                 74,407                 89,466     
Loss on extinguishment of debt, net               -                     -                     9,960                     -     
Adjusted EBITDA         $     47,013               $     79,481               $     89,784               $     151,274     
                                    
Free Cash Flow:                                 
Net cash provided by operating activities         $     24,627             $     64,029             $     67,353             $     120,449     
Acquisitions of property, plant, and equipment               (14,092     )               (15,849     )               (27,804     )               (28,966     )
Free Cash Flow         $     10,535               $     48,180               $     39,549               $     91,483     
    

(1) On January 1, 2009, we adopted FSP APB 14-1, Accounting for Convertible Debt Instruments That May Be Settled in Cash upon Conversion (Including Partial Cash Settlement) (FSP 14-1), and applied FSP 14-1 retrospectively to all periods for which our convertible debt was outstanding. We have excluded the additional interest expense associated with FSP 14-1 as detailed in our discussion of our use of non-GAAP financial measures.


Contact:
Itron Inc.
Deloris Duquette, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
509-891-3523
deloris.duquette@itron.com
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