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Harris Corporation Fourth Quarter Net Income Rises 39%; Revenue Grows 21%; Orders Increase 45%


Company Increases Fiscal 2007 Guidance

MELBOURNE, Florida, July 26, 2006 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today reported revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2006 of $992 million, a 21 percent increase compared to $822 million in the prior-year quarter. Orders in the fourth quarter increased 45 percent to $1.2 billion and were higher in each of the company’s four business segments. GAAP net income increased 39 percent to $85.1 million, or $.61 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income rose 49 percent to $91.0 million, or $.65 per diluted share. Non-GAAP earnings results in the fourth quarter excluded $.04 per diluted share associated with previously announced actions and acquisition expenses.

The company has increased earnings guidance for its fiscal year 2007 from a previous range of $2.50 to $2.60 per diluted share to a new range of $2.60 to $2.70 per diluted share. Revised fiscal year 2007 earnings guidance represents a year-over-year increase of about 20 percent compared to non-GAAP earnings for fiscal 2006.

For the full fiscal year 2006, revenue was $3.5 billion, representing a 16 percent increase compared to fiscal year 2005. Net income increased 18 percent to $237.9 million, and net income was $1.71 per diluted share compared to $1.46 in the prior year. Non-GAAP net income increased 48 percent to $310.0 million, and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $2.22 versus $1.51 per diluted share in the prior year. Details related to charges excluded from non-GAAP earnings are provided in the attached Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures in Tables 5 and 6 and accompanying notes.

“All of our business segments had improved operating performance and are entering the new fiscal year with significant momentum,” said Howard L. Lance, chairman, president, and chief executive officer. "Orders of $1.2 billion made the fourth quarter the strongest in the company’s history. We have significantly increased new product introductions across the company and will continue to fund a level of engineering research and development investment that will further broaden our product portfolio, market reach, and customer base.

“Our RF Communications segment continues to outperform the market as demand for the high-performance Falcon® II radios and the new Falcon III radios resulted in significantly higher revenue and orders for the quarter and the year,” Lance said. “Our largest business, the Government Communications Systems segment, returned to growth in the fourth quarter, driven by gains in the Civil, Department of Defense, and Technical Services program areas. In our Broadcast Communications business, the restructuring in fiscal year 2006 has delivered significant improvements in operating performance in our European transmitter and our software systems businesses. In addition, the recent acquisitions of Leitch Technology, Optimal Solutions, and Aastra Digital Video have positioned us in higher-growth digital broadcast markets. Our Microwave Communications segment continued to push sales and margins higher with the success of its TRuepoint™ radio products and with a strengthening microwave market.”

Government Communications Systems
Revenue in the Government Communications Systems segment increased 4 percent to $480 million in the fourth quarter, compared to $462 million in the year-ago quarter. Operating income was $54.2 million, compared to $52.9 million in the prior-year quarter. Program performance continues to be excellent.

Among the programs that contributed to higher revenue in the quarter was the $2.2 billion FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) program. Harris made substantial progress in the quarter toward modernizing the telecommunications network that serves more than 4,400 FAA facilities nationwide. Equipment has been installed at more than 1,600 sites and more than a third of the National Airspace System’s 20,000 communications services are now being conducted on the FTI network. Since the initial program award, Harris has expanded its work scope on the program to include the FAA’s Mission Support network for administrative functions and the Satellite Communications network that links remote sites to the FTI network.

Also contributing to higher revenue in the quarter was the new five-year, $600 million contract with the U.S. Census Bureau for its Field Data Collection Automation program, which Harris won at the close of the third quarter. Harris is integrating multiple automated systems required to collect data from field census-takers during the 2010 Census. Additional programs contributing to higher revenue in the fourth quarter included the 10-year, $1 billion Patriot program that provides technical services for the National Reconnaissance Office, the Large Aperture Multiband Deployable Antenna program for the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps, and sales of commercial satellite antenna products.

At the close of the fiscal year, total backlog for programs in our Government Communications Systems segment stood at more than $4.5 billion. The segment serves a diversified customer base representing approximately 300 active programs.

RF Communications
Revenue in the RF Communications segment was $243 million in the fourth quarter, a 48 percent increase compared to the year-ago quarter. Operating income for the segment rose 58 percent in the quarter to $83.7 million.

Strong revenue and order growth in the fourth quarter came from both U.S. and international markets. International revenue in the quarter benefited from deliveries to the United Kingdom, NATO, Romania, Algeria, Iraq, Ethiopia, Niger, and Uganda.

Orders in the fourth quarter were higher than sales and, for the full year, were above $1 billion. Orders in the fourth quarter included a $169 million contract from the U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command for Harris Falcon® III AN/VRC-110 vehicular radio systems. The contract is the second major Army vehicular contract for the new Falcon III radio system, confirming a strong entry into a significant new market for Falcon radios. Harris has delivered over 1,500 AN/VRC-110 systems to the Army.

The Falcon III AN/VRC-110 radios provide not only single-band SINCGARS capabilities but also multiband multimission capabilities that provide soldiers with total battlefield connections, including secure ground-to-air and tactical satellite communications, and an embedded global positioning system for situational awareness. The radios are interoperable with a wide range of legacy military and commercial VHF and UHF radios. By utilizing Software Communications Architecture that complies with Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) communications waveforms, the Falcon III AN/PRC-152 handheld radio provides the Army with the capability to adapt to future mission requirements.

To continue to meet strong demand across all product lines, Harris has significantly expanded its radio manufacturing capacity. The manufacturing expansion and product ramp-up for the new Falcon III radios were the fastest in the company’s history and were accomplished ahead of schedule.

Microwave Communications
Revenue in the Microwave Communications segment increased 21 percent to $111 million in the fourth quarter. Non-GAAP operating income in the quarter was $9.7 million, excluding charges of $3.8 million, compared to operating income of $3.1 million in the prior-year quarter. Non-GAAP operating margin reached 8.8 percent in the quarter, reflecting continuing improvements in gross margin, primarily as a result of increased shipments and lower manufacturing costs of the TRuepoint™ family of products.

Orders exceeded sales for the sixth consecutive quarter, driven by continued strength in both international and North American markets. In North America, microwave demand from both private networks and mobile service providers continues to be driven by capacity expansions and by network upgrades for high-reliability, high-bandwidth applications. Significant international orders in the quarter were received from service providers in the Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Iraq, Romania, and Italy. Significant shipments in the quarter were made to a large service provider in Nigeria for the build-out of a telecom network that spans more than 5,000 kilometers. As part of providing both backbone and access microwave solutions for this complex and expansive network, Harris is also providing network architecture and planning.

During the quarter, Harris introduced a new feature enhancement for its premier TRuepoint product family — a secure network management functionality — and also completed the full production launch for the last two frequency bands — the 10GHz and 38GHz. To further enhance its product portfolio, Harris is developing a next-generation transport solution. Initial release of the new product directed at the high-capacity, long-haul transport segment of the market is expected during the first quarter of calendar year 2007.

Broadcast Communications
Revenue in the Broadcast Communications segment was $172 million in the fourth quarter, up 50 percent compared to $115 million in the prior-year quarter. Revenue growth benefited from the October 2005 acquisition of Leitch Technology. Non-GAAP operating income in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006 was $21.0 million, excluding charges of $3.2 million, compared to operating income of $7.9 million in the prior-year quarter. Excluding charges, operating margin was 12.2 percent compared to 6.9 percent in the prior-year quarter. The improvement in operating performance resulted from higher gross margins, which have benefited significantly from fiscal year 2006 cost-reduction actions and from the addition of higher-margin video distribution and digital media products from the Leitch acquisition.

Sequentially, revenue increased 20 percent, driven by demand for HD Radio™ transmission systems, networking products, software systems, sales of European transmission equipment, and video distribution and digital media products.

Orders increased significantly over the prior-year quarter and benefited from the Leitch acquisition and its double-digit orders growth for video distribution and digital media products. Demand was particularly strong for the X75™ processor, Platinum™ router, and ICONmaster™ master control system. Orders benefited from several large contracts for software systems and increased demand for radio transmission systems, including the new FLEXSTAR™ family of HD Radio products that Harris recently launched in U.S. markets.

During the quarter, Harris completed the acquisition of Aastra Digital Video. Aastra is a developer and marketer of video networking products. The acquisition further enables Harris to offer broad networking solutions that transport media content over a variety of broadcast, cable, satellite, and telco networks, including those supporting new services such as IPTV and Mobile TV.

“Clearly, Harris performed well in all four segments during fiscal year 2006. We concluded the year with a record quarter for revenue, orders, and net income, and an improved outlook for each business segment,” Lance said. “The healthy orders growth has produced a strong backlog, giving us confidence as we enter our new fiscal year. Customer preference for Falcon radios in the U.S. and international markets continues to present significant new opportunities for our RF Communications segment. The Government Communications Systems segment returned to growth and has a significant opportunity pipeline. Operating performance in both Broadcast Communications and Microwave Communications has improved significantly. We have expanded the breadth of our Broadcast Communications business through new product introductions and acquisitions, which we expect will drive higher growth in the coming year. In Microwave, we are winning large wireless infrastructure programs in North America and emerging markets around the globe, which should continue to drive growth in this business.”

Harris will host a conference call today at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, to discuss the above items. Interested individuals are invited to listen to the call by using a dial-in number: (719) 457-2625, access code: 1462662. The conference call also will be broadcast live via the Internet at A replay of the teleconference will be available beginning at 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, and will run until midnight, Eastern Time, on Wednesday, August 2. To access the replay, please call (719) 457-0820, access code: 1462662. A recording of the call will also be available on Harris’ website beginning at 7:00 p.m., Eastern Time on July 26.

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. With its headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, the company has more than 13,000 employees — including 5,500 engineers and scientists — dedicated to the development of best-in-class assured communications™ products, systems, and services. The company’s operating divisions serve markets for government communications systems, RF tactical radio communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G promulgated by the SEC, including earnings per share for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2006 excluding the impact of charges associated with product discontinuations in the Microwave segment, cost-reduction actions in the Broadcast Communications segment, acquisition-related costs associated with the acquisition of Leitch Technology and the charge related to our arbitration with Bourdex. Harris management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when considered together with the GAAP financial measures, provide information that is useful to investors in understanding period-over-period operating results separate and apart from items that may, or could, have a disproportionately positive or negative impact on results in any particular period. Management also believes that these non-GAAP financial measures enhance the ability of investors to analyze Harris business trends and to better understand the company’s performance. In addition, the company may utilize non-GAAP financial measures as a guide in its forecasting, budgeting, and long-term planning process and to measure operating performance for some management compensation purposes. Any analysis of non-GAAP financial measures should be used only in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP.

Forward-Looking Statement
Statements in this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that reflect management’s current expectations, assumptions, and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements in this release include but are not limited to: earnings guidance for fiscal 2007, the potential value of contract awards and potential contract awards, and statements regarding outlook, including expected revenue growth. The Company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. The Company’s consolidated results and the forward-looking statements could be affected by many factors, including but not limited to: our participation in markets that are often subject to uncertain economic conditions which makes it difficult to estimate growth in our markets and, as a result, future income and expenditures; our dependence on the U.S. government for a significant portion of our revenues, and the loss of this relationship or a shift in U.S. government funding could have adverse consequences on our future business; potential changes in U.S. government or customer priorities due to program reviews or revisions to strategic objectives, including termination of or potential failure to fund U.S. government contracts; risks inherent with large long-term fixed-price contracts, particularly the ability to contain cost overruns; the performance of critical subcontractors or suppliers; financial and government and regulatory risks relating to international sales and operations, including fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and the effectiveness of our currency hedging program; our ability to continue to develop new products that achieve market acceptance; the consequences of future geo-political events, which may affect adversely the markets in which we operate, our ability to insure against risks, our operations or our profitability; strategic acquisitions and the risks and uncertainties related thereto, including our ability to manage and integrate acquired businesses; potential claims that we are infringing the intellectual property rights of third parties; the successful resolution of patent infringement claims and the ultimate outcome of other contingencies, litigation and legal matters; customer credit risk; the fair values of our portfolio of passive investments, which values are subject to significant price volatility or erosion; risks inherent in developing new technologies; the potential impact of hurricanes on our operations in Florida and the potential impact of earthquakes on our operations in California; the ability to recruit and retain qualified personnel; and general economic conditions in the markets in which we operate. Further information relating to factors that may impact the Company’s results and forward-looking statements are disclosed in the Company’s filings with the SEC. Harris disclaims any intention or obligation, other than imposed by law, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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