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Record Results for Third Quarter 2006 Reported by NICE Systems – Revenues Reach $112.2 Million


Company delivers record gross margins, operating margins and net income

Ra’anana, Israel, November 01, 2006 - NICE Systems (NASDAQ: NICE) , the global provider of advanced solutions that enable organizations to extract Insight from Interactions™ to drive performance, today announced results for the third quarter of 2006.

Third quarter 2006 pro-forma revenue was a record $112.2 million, representing a 35.6% increase from $82.7 million in the third quarter of 2005.

Pro-forma gross margin in the third quarter was a record 60.6%, or $67.9 million pro-forma gross profit, up from 56.6%, or $46.8 million respectively in the third quarter 2005.

The company reported a record pro-forma operating margin for the quarter of 15.9% and operating profit of $17.8 million, compared with 11.5% and $9.5 million, respectively, in the third quarter of 2005.

Third quarter 2006 pro-forma net income was a record $16.0 million, up 78.5% from $9.0 million in the third quarter of 2005. Pro-forma earnings per fully diluted share were at $0.31, up from $0.22 in the same quarter of 2005.

On a GAAP basis: Third quarter 2006 revenue was $107.5 million, up from $82.7 million in the third quarter of 2005. Third quarter 2006 gross margin was 56.2%, compared with 55.9% in the third quarter of 2005; operating loss was $6.9 million, compared with operating profit of $8.4 million, in the third quarter of 2005; and third quarter 2006 net loss was $5.4 million, or $0.11 per fully diluted share, compared with net income of $7.9 million, or $0.19 per share, on a fully diluted basis, for the third quarter of 2005.

Q3 2006 operating cash flow was a record $25.3 million, Total cash and equivalents at September 30, 2006 was $244.2 million, with no debt, compared with $421.1 million on June 30, 2006. This follows the $200 million that were paid for IEX during the quarter.

Commenting on the results, Haim Shani, Chief Executive Officer of NICE said, "Third quarter results reflect the successful execution of our long term plan and the continually growing demand for our Insight from Interactions solutions both in the enterprise and security sectors. They are also the clearest testament to the success of the paradigm shift we introduced to the enterprise sector with the acquisitions of IEX and Performix and implementation of our best-of-breed strategy for the contact center. Together with our global services, and worldwide footprint our offering enables us to achieve quick and measurable results. We continue to lead our markets going into 2007 and beyond.”

Ran Oz, NICE’s Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, stated, “Further to the outstanding results of the last three quarters and the strong momentum we are seeing in both the enterprise and security sectors, we are raising our full year guidance and providing first time Q4 guidance as follows: We expect Q4 revenues to be between $115 and $120 million, and pro-forma EPS per fully diluted share in the range of 32 – 37 cents. For the year we expect revenues at $413- $418 million, up from $408 - $417 million, and pro-forma EPS at a range of $1.12 - $1.17, up from $1.06 - $1.15 per fully diluted share"

Mr. Oz continued “Looking forward to 2007 we expect the growth in our revenues to continue. This will allow us to enjoy the leverage of our business model, further improving margins and driving stronger bottom line growth. We introduce first time 2007 revenue guidance at $485 - $500 million; and first time pro-forma EPS per fully diluted share guidance of $1.35 – 1.45.”

Conference Call
NICE will host a conference call to discuss the results and its business outlook today at 8:30 a.m. EST ( 15:30 Israel). Participants may access the conference call by dialing US toll-free 1-866-527-8676 ; international: +972-3-918-0610; Israel: 03-918-0610. The call will also be broadcast live on the internet via NICE’s website at . A telephone replay will be available for up to 72 hours three hours after the call. The replay information: US Toll-free: 1-866-276-1485; international: + 972-3-925-5930; Israel: 03-925-5930.

Pro-forma results exclude the fair value adjustment on acquired deferred revenues of $3.5 million net of taxes, and the amortization of acquired intangible assets of $3.5 million net of taxes in Q3 2006 and $1.1 million in Q3 2005, in process research and development write off in relation to the IEX acquisition in the amount of $12.7 million, expensing of options of $2.2 million net of taxes for Q3 2006, and legal settlement income of $0.4 million. Reconciliation between the results on a GAAP and pro-forma basis is provided in a table immediately following the Consolidated Statement of Operations (Pro-Forma Basis).

About NICE
NICE Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: NICE) is the leading provider of Insight from Interactions™ solutions, based on advanced analytics of unstructured multimedia content – from telephony, Web, radio and video communications. NICE is revolutionizing VoIP interactions management with state-of-the-art solutions for IP contact centers, branches, and command and control centers. NICE’s solutions are changing the way organizations make decisions, helping them improve business and operational performance, address security threats and be proactive. NICE has over 24,000 customers in 100 countries, including over 75 of the Fortune 100 companies. More information is available at

Trademark Note: Insight from Interactions™, 360 0 View™, Executive Connect®, Executive Insight™*, Freedom®, Investigator®, Mirra®, Universe®, My Universe™, NICE®, NiceCall®, NiceCall Focus™, NiceCLS™, NICE Learning™, eNiceLink™, NiceLog®, Playback Organizer™, Renaissance®, ScreenSense™, NiceScreen™, NICE Storage Center™, NiceTrack™, NiceUniverse®, NiceVision®, NiceVision Harmony™, NiceVision Mobile™, NiceVision Pro™, NiceVision NVSAT™, NiceVision Alto™, Scenario Replay™, Tienna®, Wordnet®, NICE Perform™, NICE Inform™, NICE Analyzer™, Last Message Replay™, NiceUniverse Compact™, Customer Feedback™, Interaction Capture Unit™, Dispatcher Assessment™, Encorder™, Freedom Connect®, FAST®, FAST Alpha Silver™, FAST Alpha Blue™ and Alpha®, Emvolve Performance Manager™, Performix Technologies™, IEX®, TotalNet®, TotalView® and other product names and services mentioned herein are trademarks and registered trademarks of NICE Systems Ltd. All other registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based on the current expectations of the management of NICE Systems Ltd. (the Company) only, and are subject to a number of risk factors and uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in technology and market requirements, decline in demand for the Company’s products, inability to timely develop and introduce new technologies, products and applications, difficulties or delays in absorbing and integrating acquired operations, products, technologies and personnel, loss of market share, pressure on pricing resulting from competition, and inability to maintain certain marketing and distribution arrangements, which could cause the actual results or performance of the Company to differ materially from those described therein. We undertake no obligation to update these forward-looking statements. For a more detailed description of the risk factors and uncertainties affecting the company, refer to the Company’s reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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