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C&D Technologies Reports Fiscal 2011 Second Quarter Results
- Achieves Positive Quarterly Operating Income, excluding Impairment Charge

BLUE BELL, Pa., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- C&D Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: CHP), a leading North American producer and marketer of electrical power storage and conversion systems used in telecommunications, uninterrupted power supply (or "UPS") systems, utility and other high reliability applications, today announced financial results for the fiscal 2011 second quarter ended July 31, 2010.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Graves, President and CEO, said, "In the second quarter, we achieved positive improvements in our operational performance, excluding the impact of the non-cash goodwill impairment of $60 million, or approximately $46 million net of tax, and took steps to address our financial capital structure, which needs to be restructured."

"New product introductions, increased Asian market penetration, a focused pricing strategy and ongoing efficiency initiatives drove gross margins to 13.2% in the second quarter, up from 12.1% in the second quarter of fiscal year 2010 and 11.8% in the first quarter of fiscal 2011. The progress in margin improvement was dampened by the impact of a temporary labor disruption in our Asian operations during the second half of the quarter, which negatively impacted second quarter operating income by slightly more than an estimated $1 million, and was resolved by quarter end."

Dr. Graves continued, "We also believe our top line performance and operating results for the second quarter were negatively influenced by market uncertainties regarding our capital structure. We are taking steps to put in place an appropriate capital structure for our business, and today we separately announced a proposed financial restructuring plan. As we work to receive the necessary approvals and execute this proposed plan, we will remain focused on our day–to–day operations, continuing to deliver superior customer service and providing the industry leading product quality and innovation that has been the hallmark of C&D for over 100 years."

Dr. Graves enumerated the following highlights from the Company's second quarter 2011 financial results, additional details of which are available in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q that was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today:

Revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 were $83.8 million, compared to $82.4 million in the prior year's second quarter.

Second quarter 2011 gross profits were $11.0 million, compared to $10.0 million in the prior year's second quarter.

Gross margins in the second quarter of 2011 were 13.2%, compared to 12.1% in the second quarter of fiscal 2010 and compared to 11.8% in the first quarter of fiscal 2011.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2011, the Company reported a net loss of $50.7 million or ($1.92) per diluted share, primarily attributable to a pre-tax $60.0 million, or approximately $46 million net of tax, goodwill impairment charge recorded in the quarter. Principally due to the Company's declining market capitalization and continuing losses, the Company tested for goodwill impairment as of July 31, 2010, in accordance with accounting rules, and as a result recorded a $60.0 million non-cash pre-tax goodwill impairment charge. An offsetting and related non-cash deferred tax benefit of $14.2 million was also recorded for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 in connection therewith.

Excluding the goodwill impairment charge, the net loss for the quarter would have been $4.9 million or ($0.19) per diluted share, which compares to a net loss of $5.6 million or ($0.21) per diluted share in the prior year's second quarter and a net loss of $5.6 million or ($0.21) in the first quarter of fiscal 2011.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2011, excluding the goodwill impairment charge, the Company reported $200,000 of positive operating income.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2011, cash used in operations was $1.1 million, compared to $1.9 million of cash generated by operations in the second quarter of last year.

Reflecting significant improvement to recent quarters, cash used in operations in the second quarter of 2011 was $1.1 million, compared to $5.9 million used in operations in the first quarter of fiscal 2011 and $9.0 million used in operations in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.

Additional Information

The increase in revenues in the second quarter, as compared to the prior year comparable period, was primarily due to the impact of increased commodity input costs (primarily lead), product pricing, success of the Company's new products and growth in Asia, offset by lower volumes in North America, where UPS flooded battery product sales remain particularly weak relative to historical norms. Revenues in the telecommunications and utility markets in North America however, continued to show stability with accelerating momentum. Asian markets continued their rapid growth across all major sectors, including telecommunications, UPS and the energy generation and transmission markets, driven by continued infrastructure investment and economic strength in the developing countries.

The improvement in second quarter 2011 gross margin is primarily due to more disciplined pricing and less lead price volatility. Offsetting these improvements was an employee disruption at the Shanghai, China facility for approximately three weeks, negatively impacting both the Company's consolidated revenues and gross profits in the second quarter of 2011. This disruption was similar to those experienced by several other companies that operate in similar regions of China, as widely reported in the media, and was resolved within the quarter.

Net cash used in operating activities was $7.0 million for the six months ended July 31, 2010, as compared to net cash provided of $1.7 million for the six months ended July 31, 2009. This is primarily the result of a significant increase in cash used to pay down accounts payable of $13.4 million compared to an increase in accounts payable of $5.0 million in the prior fiscal year. The reduction in accounts payable for the six months ended July 31, 2010 was attributable to both trade credit tightening the Company experienced, as well as lower lead costs.

The Company also announced today the planned closure of its Leola manufacturing facility and transfer of production to other facilities or the exiting of low margin business from this facility.

When complete, the closure plan will result in the elimination of approximately 85 positions. Estimated closure costs, including severance, accelerated depreciation, and related move costs are currently estimated to range between $1.6 million and $2.0 million, and are expected to be recorded in future periods.

Also, today, the Company issued a press release entitled "C&D Technologies Reaches Agreement In Principle With Group Of Major Note holders On Financial Restructuring Plan," which describes the Company's plans to launch an out-of-court exchange offer for a debt-to-equity swap and to simultaneously seek support for a voluntary prepackaged plan of reorganization as a back-up alternative. The agreement with the Company's major note holders is also discussed in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended July 31, 2010, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today.

In light of the pending exchange offer, the Company will not be hosting an investor call this quarter.

About C&D Technologies:

C&D Technologies, Inc. provides solutions and services for the switchgear and control (utility), telecommunications, and uninterruptible power supply (UPS), as well as emerging markets such as solar power. C&D Technologies' engineers, manufactures, sells and services fully integrated reserve power systems for regulating and monitoring power flow and providing backup power in the event of primary power loss until the primary source can be restored. C&D Technologies' unique ability to offer complete systems, designed and produced to high technical standards, sets it apart from its competition. C&D Technologies is headquartered in Blue Bell, PA. For more information about C&D Technologies, visit

Forward-looking Statements:

This press release may contain forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934), which are based on management's current expectations, forecasts and assumptions and are subject to uncertainties and changes in circumstances. Words and expressions reflecting something other than historical fact, including, but not limited to, our ability to remain a going concern, for which substantial doubt exists, statements regarding the ability to obtain additional funding in the future, our ability to implement and fund business strategies based on current liquidity, our substantial debt and debt service requirements, litigation proceedings to which we are subject, our exposure to fluctuations in interest rates on our variable debt, the realization of the tax benefits of our net operating loss carry forwards, the fact that lead experiences significant fluctuations in market price, our ability to successfully pass along increased material costs to our customers, failure of our customers to renew supply agreements, competitiveness of the battery markets, political, economic and social changes, or acts of terrorism or war, successful collective bargaining with our unionized workforce, risks involved in our foreign operations, continued growth in our foreign markets, our ability to maintain and generate liquidity to meet our operating needs, our ability to achieve and maintain profitability, the possibility of additional impairment charges, our ability to acquire goods and services and/or fulfill labor needs at budgeted costs, economic conditions or market changes in certain market sectors in which we conduct business, uncertainty in financial markets, changes in our product mix, success of productivity initiatives, costs of our compliance with environmental laws and regulations and resulting liabilities, and our ability to protect our proprietary intellectual property and technology, are intended to identify forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. Factors that appear with the forward-looking statements, or in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings (including without limitation the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2010, or the Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K filed thereafter), could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made herein. Further factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: the Company's inability to consummate the exchange offer or voluntary prepackaged plan of reorganization necessary to address its financial capital structure.

                              C&D TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                               CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                           (Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

                               Three months ended       Six months ended
                                    July 31,                July 31,
                                    --------                --------
                                  2010        2009      2010         2009
                                  ----        ----      ----         ----
    NET SALES                  $83,835     $82,434  $168,538     $156,099
    COST OF SALES               72,802      72,431   147,527      140,751
                                ------      ------   -------      -------

    GROSS PROFIT                11,033      10,003    21,011       15,348
    Selling, general and
     administrative expenses     9,209      10,111    18,431       19,353
    Research and development
     expenses                    1,589       1,799     3,377        3,677
    Goodwill impairment         59,978           -    59,978            -
                                ------         ---    ------          ---

    OPERATING LOSS             (59,743)     (1,907)  (60,775)      (7,682)
                               -------      ------   -------       ------

    Interest expense, net        4,199       2,916     7,547        5,840
    Other (income) expense,
     net                           674        (208)    1,410          (34)
                                   ---        ----     -----          ---

    LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES   (64,616)     (4,615)  (69,732)     (13,488)
    Income tax provision
     (benefit)                 (13,794)      1,076   (13,400)       2,172
                               -------       -----   -------        -----

    NET LOSS                   (50,822)     (5,691)  (56,332)     (15,660)
    Net loss attributable to
     noncontrolling interests     (142)        (75)      (48)        (286)
                                  ----         ---       ---         ----

     C&D TECHNOLOGIES, INC.   $(50,680)    $(5,616) $(56,284)    $(15,374)
                              ========     =======  ========     ========

    Loss per share:
    Basic and Diluted:          $(1.92)     $(0.21)   $(2.13)      $(0.58)
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                              CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                        (Dollars in thousands, except par value)

                                                    July 31,   January 31,
                                                         2010          2010
                                                         ----          ----
    Current assets:
        Cash and cash equivalents                      $3,650        $2,700
        Restricted cash                                    49            57
        Accounts receivable, less allowance for
         doubtful accounts of $850 and $1,114          55,003        55,183
        Inventories                                    71,143        76,041
        Prepaid taxes                                     524           425
        Deferred taxes                                     51            50
        Other current assets                            1,599         1,092
        Assets held for sale                              500           500
                                                          ---           ---

            Total current assets                      132,519       136,048

    Property, plant and equipment, net                 90,402        90,001
    Deferred income taxes                                 225            26
    Intangible and other assets, net                   16,257        15,435
    Goodwill                                                -        59,964
                                                          ---        ------

            TOTAL ASSETS                             $239,403      $301,474
                                                     ========      ========

    Current liabilities:
        Current portion of long-term debt                $644        $8,777
        Accounts payable                               32,250        46,380
        Accrued liabilities                            13,101        12,309
        Deferred income taxes                               -           750
        Other current liabilities                       6,460         4,565
                                                        -----         -----

            Total current liabilities                  52,455        72,781

    Deferred income taxes                                   -        12,529
    Long-term debt                                    158,602       133,106
    Other liabilities                                  40,012        40,588
                                                       ------        ------

            Total liabilities                         251,069       259,004
                                                      -------       -------

        Common stock, $.01 par value, 75,000,000
         shares authorized; 29,444,313 and
         29,228,213 shares issued and 26,462,957
         and 26,302,775 outstanding at July 31,
         2010 and January 31, 2010, respectively          294           292
        Additional paid-in capital                     97,488        97,033

        Treasury stock, at cost, 2,981,356 and
         2,925,438 shares at July 31, 2010 and
         January 31, 2010, respectively               (40,071)      (40,091)
        Accumulated other comprehensive loss          (42,027)      (43,656)
        Retained earnings                             (38,618)       17,666
                                                      -------        ------

            Total stockholders' equity attributable
             to C&D Technologies, Inc.                (22,934)       31,244
        Non-controlling interest                       11,268        11,226
                                                       ------        ------

            Total equity                              (11,666)       42,470
                                                      -------        ------

            TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY             $239,403      $301,474
                                                     ========      ========

                             (Dollars in thousands)

                                                     Six months ended
                                                         July 31,
                                                       2009        2009
                                                       ----        ----
    Cash flows from operating
        Net loss                                   $(56,332)   $(15,660)
        Adjustments to reconcile net
         loss to net cash provided
         by operating activities:
        Share-based compensation                        533         618
        Depreciation and
         amortization                                 5,176       6,309
        Amortization of debt
         acquisition and discount
         costs                                        2,685       2,373
        Annual retainer to Board of
         Directors paid by the
         issuance of common stock                         -          24
        Impairment of goodwill                       59,978           -
        Deferred income taxes                       (13,479)      1,536
        Changes in assets and
            Accounts receivable                         231       3,520
            Inventories                               4,925         162
            Other current assets                        (21)       (469)
            Accounts payable                        (13,405)      4,974
            Accrued liabilities                         631        (447)
            Book overdraft                             (401)         17
            Income taxes payable                         30         166
            Other current liabilities                 2,518      (2,298)
            Other liabilities                           604       1,711
            Other long-term assets                       19         (86)
            Other, net                                 (717)        821
                                                       ----         ---

              Net cash (used in) provided
               by continuing operating
               activities                            (7,025)      3,271
              Net cash used in
               discontinued operating
               activities                                (7)     (1,534)
                                                        ---      ------

                       Net cash (used in) provided
                        by operating activities      (7,032)      1,737
                                                     ------       -----

    Cash flows from investing
        Acquisition of property,
         plant and equipment                         (5,083)     (7,763)
        Proceeds from disposal of
         property, plant and
         equipment                                        -          15
        Decrease in restricted cash                       8         848
                                                        ---         ---

            Net cash used in investing
             activities                              (5,075)     (6,900)
                                                     ------      ------

    Cash flows from financing
        Borrowings on line of credit
         facility                                    51,232      55,851
        Repayments on line of credit
         facility                                   (55,831)    (53,981)
        Repayment of debt                               (97)        (14)
        Proceeds from new borrowings                 20,022       3,021
        Proceeds from the issuance
         of treasury stock                               14           -
        Financing cost of long term
         debt                                        (2,245)          -
        Purchase of treasury stock                      (71)       (56 )
                                                        ---        ----

            Net cash provided by
             financing activities                    13,024       4,821
                                                     ------       -----

    Effect of exchange rate
     changes on cash and cash
     equivalents                                         33         104
                                                        ---         ---

    Increase (decrease) in cash
     and cash equivalents                               950        (238)
    Cash and cash equivalents,
     beginning of period                              2,700       3,121
                                                      -----       -----

    Cash and cash equivalents,
     end of period                                   $3,650      $2,883
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CONTACT: Ian J. Harvie of C&D, +1-215-619-7835; or Andrea Calise, Kekst and Company, for C&D, +1-212-521-4845