Clearfield, Inc. Reports Fiscal 2011 3rd Quarter Results

Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth Continues Establishing Record Quarter

Revenues:     $10.1 million, up 49% from third quarter fiscal 2010
             Gross profit:      $4.3 million, up 66% from third quarter fiscal 2010
               Net income:     $1.3 million, up 103% from third quarter fiscal 2010
     Net income per share:                                    $0.11 per basic share

MINNEAPOLIS, July 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Clearfield, Inc. (Nasdaq:CLFD), the specialist in fiber management and connectivity solutions, today announced results for its third quarter of fiscal 2011, which ended June 30, 2011.

Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 was $10,125,000 in comparison to $6,778,000 for the third quarter of fiscal 2010, an increase of 49%. Gross profit was $4,319,000 for the third quarter of fiscal year 2011 in comparison to $2,603,000 for the prior year third quarter, an increase of 66%. Gross margin for the third quarter of fiscal year 2011 was 42.7%, up 4.3% for the comparable quarter of fiscal 2010. Operating expenses were $3,032,000 for the third quarter of fiscal year 2011, an increase of 52% from $1,993,000 in the same quarter of fiscal year 2010. Net income increased $649,000, or 103%, to $1,278,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, compared to $629,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2010.

Year to Date Performance

Revenue for the nine month period ending June 30, 2011 was $24,491,000 in comparison to $16,446,000 for the comparable period in fiscal 2010, an increase of 49%. Gross profit was $10,178,000 for the nine month period ending June 30, 2011, in comparison to $6,038,000 for the comparable period in fiscal 2010, an increase of 69%. Gross margin for the period was 41.6%, up from 36.7% in the comparable period in fiscal 2010. Operating expenses were $7,860,000 for the nine month period, an increase of 37% from the comparable period in 2010. Net income was $2,311,000 for the nine month period ended June 30, 2011, compared to a $361,000 in the first nine months of 2010.

Orders in backlog as of June 30, 2011 totaled $4,061,000, an increase of $382,000 over the backlog for the previous quarter ending March 31, 2011 and an increase of $2,198,000 over the backlog for the quarter ending June 30, 2010.

Commentary- Cheryl Beranek, President & CEO of Clearfield

"We are very pleased with our 50% revenue growth for this quarter and year-to-date period. Our success is based upon increasing acceptance of our FieldSmart® fiber management architecture and FiberDeepTM fiber connectivity solutions throughout our customers' network. The product line continues to earn acceptance from small and large accounts alike. Networks, such as those at Venture Communications in South Dakota with a thousand access lines to Cincinnati Bell's network of 150,000 fiber lines and growing, demonstrate the scalability of our platform. Core to our success is the personal relationships we are building with the engineers responsible for these networks, but we are also pleased with the strong reseller partnerships we are building with distributors and original equipment manufacturers that enable us to reach an even broader base of business.

"While the projects funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's stimulus program are an important part of our strategic plans, the business generated under this program remains a minority of our revenue for the third quarter of 2011.

"Engineering and product management remains aggressive with new product initiatives. Last quarter's introduction of the FieldSmart Small Count Delivery (SCD) Case showcases the innovation of our product development efforts. This product line is changing the way drop cable media is deployed introducing Clearfield to expanding market opportunities as we bring fiber closer and closer to the home.

"We are continuing to increase our manufacturing capacities, with additions in production headcount, capital equipment and facility build-outs. Our team of production and manufacturing personnel is doing a stellar job of responding to our accelerating growth demands while improving our productivity levels.  Key to our gross margin growth is continual improvements in the manufacturing process which are reducing our overall cost of production. Teamed with supply partnerships that ensure the availability of our product components, we remain confident that we can control our growth in required inventory while meeting the increasing demand being generated by our sales and marketing teams.

"We are continuing to reduce the average time between customer order and product delivery. Delivering our product line with a guaranteed delivery date is winning the Company business and enabling our customers to maintain deployment schedules that reduce installation costs.

"The increase in operating expenses over the prior year reflects our investments into building our sales team, along with higher compensation expenses associated with the achievement of revenue and income objectives. Over the upcoming months, we will continue to invest in personnel with additions in our sales, marketing and engineering talent. While it will be crucial for us to remain focused, we are confident that we can leverage our value-based business model into new accounts within our foundational business as well as emerging revenue-generating market segments."

About Clearfield, Inc

Clearfield, Inc. sets the standard for fiber performance with FiberDeep while lowering the cost of broadband deployment with the FieldSmart fiber management platform and the CraftSmart OSP enclosure system. FieldSmart is the only fiber management platform to be designed around a single architecture – the Clearview Cassette and xPAK— for the inside plant, outside plant and access network. Scaling from 1 to 1728 ports, FieldSmart supports a wide range of panel and cabinet configurations, densities, connectors and adapter options, and are offered alongside an assortment of passive optical components. CraftSmart is the industry's only field enclosure system optimized for fiber deployment. FiberDeep is a new class of fiber patch cords that guarantees performance at .2dB insertion loss — fully half that of the industry standard. Clearfield provides a complete line of fiber and copper assemblies for inside plant, outside plant and access networks. "FiberDeep" "FieldSmart," "CraftSmart OSP," "Clearview Cassette" and "xPAK" are proprietary or registered trademarks and trade names of Clearfield, Inc. Clearfield is a public company traded on NASDAQ: CLFD.

Forward-Looking Statements

Forward-looking statements contained herein are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based upon the Company's current expectations and judgments about future developments in the Company's business. Certain important factors could have a material impact on the Company's performance, including, without limitation the effect of the significant downturn in the U.S. economy on Clearfield's customers; the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or any other legislation on customer demand and purchasing patterns; cyclical selling cycles; need to introduce new products and effectively compete against competitive products; dependence on third-party manufacturers; limited experience in manufacturing; reliance on key customers; rapid changes in technology; the negative effect of product defects; the need to protect its intellectual property; the impact on its financial results or stock price of its ability to use its deferred tax asset, consisting primarily of net operating loss carryforwards, to offset future taxable income; the valuation of its goodwill and the effect of its stock price, among other factors, on the evaluation of goodwill; and other factors set forth in Clearfield's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2010 as well as other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements to reflect actual events.

CLEARFIELD, INC.                        
                                                                          CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS                        
                                          Three Months Ended 
    June 30    Nine Months Ended 
    June 30                            
                                                     2011            2010             2011             2010                            
                                 Revenues     $ 10,124,665     $ 6,778,193     $ 24,490,898     $ 16,445,626                            
                            Cost of sales        5,805,914       4,174,998       14,312,455       10,407,347                            
                             Gross profit        4,318,751       2,603,195       10,178,443        6,038,279                            
                       Operating expenses                                                                                           
      Selling, general and administrative        3,076,388       1,992,576        7,904,006        5,746,913                            
              Gain on disposal of assets         (44,352)              --         (44,352)               --                            
                                                3,032,036       1,992,576        7,859,654        5,746,913                            
                   Income from operations        1,286,715         610,619        2,318,789          291,366                            
                   Other income (expense)                                                                                           
                          Interest income           26,604          36,491           83,065          112,125                            
                         Interest expense               --              --               --            (820)                            
                           Other income            10,000          11,498           25,500           35,850                            
                                                   36,604          47,989          108,565          147,155                            
               Income before income taxes        1,323,319         658,608        2,427,354          438,521                            
                       Income tax expense           45,489          29,595          115,879           77,559                            
                               Net income      $ 1,277,830       $ 629,013      $ 2,311,475        $ 360,962                            
                    Net income per share:                                                                                           
                                    Basic            $0.11           $0.05            $0.19            $0.03                            
                                Diluted             $0.10           $0.05            $0.18            $0.03                            
     Weighted average shares outstanding:                                                                                           
                                    Basic       12,097,670      11,995,331       12,054,868       11,987,793                            
                                  Diluted       12,829,497      12,437,853       12,738,794       12,460,069
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                                                                                      BALANCE SHEETS            
                                                    June 30, 
    2011     September 30, 
                                 Current Assets                                                                 
                      Cash and cash equivalents              $ 8,229,087                 $ 5,285,719              
                         Short-term investments                3,141,000                   1,764,868              
                       Accounts receivable, net                3,681,152                   3,244,379              
                                    Inventories                2,197,569                   1,512,306              
                           Other current assets                  254,417                     129,079              
                           Total current assets               17,503,225                  11,936,354              
             Property, plant and equipment, net                  910,422                   1,273,107              
                                   Other Assets                                                                 
                          Long-term investments                2,216,000                   3,236,163              
                                       Goodwill                2,570,511                   2,570,511              
                    Deferred taxes –long term                2,083,757                   2,145,362              
                                          Other                  176,368                     176,368              
                                        Patents                   23,099                      23,099              
                             Total other assets                7,069,735                   8,151,503              
                                   Total Assets             $ 25,483,382                $ 21,360,961              
           Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity                                                                 
                            Current Liabilities                                                                 
                               Accounts payable                1,301,687                   1,188,261              
                           Accrued compensation                2,110,037                     765,181              
                               Accrued expenses                   91,562                      82,867              
                      Total current liabilities                3,503,286                   2,036,309              
                   Commitment and contingencies                       --                          --              
                                  Deferred rent                   67,386                      78,585              
                              Total Liabilities                3,570,672                   2,114,894              
                           Shareholders' Equity                                                                 
                                 Common stock                   121,365                     120,153              
                     Additional paid-in capital               52,942,990                  52,589,034              
                            Accumulated deficit             (31,151,645)                (33,463,120)              
                     Total shareholders' equity               21,912,710                  19,246,067              
     Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity             $ 25,483,382                $ 21,360,961
CONTACT: Clearfield, Inc. Contact Information:
         Cheryl P. Beranek
         Chief Executive Officer and President
Source: Clearfield, Inc.