Mercury Computer Revenues Increase by 3% to $40.5 Million

10/17/2003 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) reported results for its first quarter ended September 30, 2003. The Company posted its 51st consecutive quarter of profitable performance.

"We are pleased with the good financial results posted for the first quarter and the growth in backlog," said Jay Bertelli, president and chief executive officer of Mercury Computer Systems. "We continued to demonstrate good progress on operational effectiveness initiatives as operating income expanded 12% over the same quarter last year, and cash flow from operating activities was very strong at $9 million."

The Company’s total backlog at the end of the quarter was $63.4 million, up from $57.3 million at the beginning of the quarter. Of the current total backlog, $57.8 million represents shipments scheduled over the next 12 months. The book to bill ratio for the first quarter exceeded one.

Revenues for the first quarter of 2004 were $40.5 million, an increase of 3% compared to $39.4 million for the same period last year. Defense electronics revenues grew to $28.8 million, an increase of $3.3 million from last year, driven by growth in radar and signals intelligence business. Medical imaging revenues of $7.2 million were down $2.7 million from last year based primarily on declining CT-related revenues. OEM solutions revenues expanded to $4.6 million, up $0.5 million from last year on growth related to applications serving the semiconductor market.

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Business Outlook
This section presents our current expectations and estimates, given current visibility, on our business outlook. It is possible that actual performance will differ materially from the ranges and estimates given - either on the upside or on the downside. Investors should consider all of the risks, including those listed in the Safe Harbor Statement below, with respect to these estimates and make themselves aware of the risk factors that may impact the Company’s actual performance.

In the second quarter of fiscal year 2004, revenues are expected to be in the range of $39 to $42 million. At these revenue levels, the Company projects a range of $0.13 to $0.17 for earnings per share for the second quarter ended December 31, 2003.

Forward-Looking Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including those relating to anticipated second quarter business performance. You can identify these statements by our use of the words "may," "will," "should," "plans," "expects," "anticipates," "continue," "estimate," "project," "intend," and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or anticipated. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic and business conditions, including continuing economic weakness in the Company’s markets, effects of continued geo-political unrest and regional conflicts, competition, changes in technology and methods of marketing, delays in completing various engineering and manufacturing programs, changes in customer order patterns, changes in product mix, continued success in technological advances and delivering technological innovations, continued funding of defense programs and the timing of such funding, market acceptance of the Company’s products, shortages in components, production delays due to performance quality issues with outsourced components, and as a US Government contractor, the effect of procurement rules and regulations and the possible imposition of fines and penalties or the termination of the Company’s contracts if the Company were to violate specific laws or regulations. These risks and uncertainties also include such additional risk factors as are discussed in the Company’s recent filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2003. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made. The Company may, in its discretion, provide information in future public announcements regarding its outlook that may be of interest to the investment community. The format and extent of future outlooks may be different from the format and extent of the information contained in this release.

Conference Call Information
Management will host a conference call today at 11:00 a.m. ET to review the first quarter results. To listen to the conference call, dial (888) 857-6929 in the USA and Canada, and for international, dial (719) 457-2600. The conference code number is 680823. Please call five to ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time. This call will also be broadcast live over the web at under Investor Events.

A replay of the call by telephone will be available from approximately 2:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 16 through midnight ET on Monday, October 20. To access the replay, dial (888) 203-1112 in the USA and Canada, and for international, dial (719) 457-0820. Enter access code 680823. A replay of the webcast of the call will be available for an extended period of time on the Investor Events page of the Company’s website at

About Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) is the leading supplier of high-performance embedded, real-time digital signal and image processing computer systems. Mercury’s products play a critical role in a wide range of applications, transforming sensor data to information for analysis and interpretation. In military reconnaissance and surveillance platforms the company’s systems process real-time radar, sonar, and signals intelligence data. Mercury’s systems are also used in state-of-the-art medical diagnostic imaging devices including MRI, PET, and digital X-ray, and in semiconductor imaging applications including photomask generation and wafer inspection.

Based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Mercury serves customers in North America, Europe and Asia through its direct sales force and a network of subsidiaries and distributors.

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