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Avnet, Inc. Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2008 Results

Record First Quarter Sales and EPS

PHOENIX, Oct 25, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) today reported revenue of $4.10 billion for first quarter fiscal 2008, ended September 29, 2007, representing an increase of 12.3% over first quarter fiscal 2007. Net income for first quarter fiscal 2008 was $105.5 million, or $0.69 per share on a diluted basis, as compared with net income of $64.1 million, or $0.44 per share on a diluted basis, for the first quarter last year. Excluding debt extinguishment costs that negatively impacted the prior year quarter, net income and diluted earnings per share increased 31% and 25%, respectively, over the year-ago period. Included in these results is stock compensation expense of $0.05 per diluted share in the current year first quarter as compared with $0.03 per share in the same period last year.

Operating income for first quarter fiscal 2008 was $165.2 million, up 14.0% as compared with operating income of $145.0 million in the year ago quarter. Operating income as a percent of sales was 4.0%, up 6 basis points from last year's first quarter, with both operating groups contributing to the improvement. This represents the eighth consecutive quarter of year-over- year operating income margin expansion, excluding certain charges in prior periods.

Roy Vallee, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Once again, our highly diversified revenue base contributed to our solid performance as better than expected growth from the Asia region offset weaker sales in the Americas. While year-over-year organic revenue growth slowed to 2.3% this quarter, positive contributions from acquisitions contributed to continued year over year improvement in key quarterly financial metrics including operating income, EPS and return on capital employed (ROCE). With another $700+ million of annual revenue from acquisitions completed or announced in the current quarter, our acquisition strategy continues to broaden our revenue base, create cross selling opportunities and add further operating leverage to our business model going forward."

Operating Group Results

Electronics Marketing (EM) sales of $2.49 billion in the first quarter fiscal 2008 were up 2.3% year over year on a reported basis and essentially flat when adjusted to exclude the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates. EM sales in the EMEA and Asia regions increased 4.6% and 9.5%, respectively, year over year, while the Americas decreased 4.8%. Excluding the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates, year-over-year revenue at EM EMEA was down 2.7%. EM operating income of $130.2 million for first quarter fiscal 2008 was up 3.6% over the prior year first quarter operating income of $125.6 million and operating income margin of 5.2% was up 7 basis points over the prior year quarter.

Mr. Vallee added, "EM's results were a reflection of the seasonally slower September quarter, but were better than our expectations as inventories throughout the supply chain continue to decline. Even though sales in the lower margin Asia region increased to 30% of total EM as compared with 28% in the year ago quarter, EM's global operating income margin improved year over year for the eighth consecutive quarter. Our Asia team's disciplined approach to profitable growth with higher asset velocity translated 9.5% year over year top line growth into a 48 basis point improvement in operating income margin and a 673 basis point improvement in return on working capital, resulting in record quarterly sales and profits for the region.

Technology Solutions (TS) sales of $1.61 billion in the first quarter fiscal 2008 were up 32.5% year over year on a reported basis and up 2.6% on a pro forma basis, as defined in the Non-GAAP Financial Information section. On a pro forma basis, first quarter fiscal 2008 sales in Asia and EMEA were up 31.6% and 20.1%, respectively, year over year while sales in the Americas were down 5.1%. Excluding the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates, TS EMEA's pro forma year over year revenue growth was 11.0%. TS operating income was $58.5 million in the first quarter fiscal 2008, a 50.1% increase as compared with first quarter fiscal 2007 operating income of $39.0 million, and operating income margin of 3.6% increased by 42 basis points over the prior year first quarter due to the change to net revenue accounting treatment of the sales of supplier service contracts.

Mr. Vallee further added, "Technology Solutions performance in the first quarter of fiscal 2008 was further evidence of the leverage that we are achieving through value-creating acquisitions. Year over year, TS operating income grew 1.5 times faster than revenue as both the Access and Azure acquisitions contributed to operating margin expansion in our enterprise computer product business. With the Magirus and Acal acquisitions in EMEA, TS will become the leading pan-European value-add distributor with roughly $2.5 billion of projected annual revenue in the region. These acquisitions will not only strengthen TS' competitive position in new markets, they will also further diversify our revenue base as TS will soon be generating close to 40% of its revenue from outside the Americas as compared with 30% just a year ago."

Cash Flow

During the first quarter of fiscal 2008, the Company used $34 million of free cash flow (as defined later in this release), excluding cash used for acquisitions. As a result, the Company ended the quarter with $521 million of cash and cash equivalents and net debt (total debt less cash and cash equivalents) of $702 million. On a rolling four quarter basis, the Company generated $749 million of free cash flow, excluding cash used for acquisitions.

Ray Sadowski, Chief Financial Officer, stated, "The continued improvement in our credit statistics allowed us to negotiate a new five-year credit facility with a bank group that includes 18 lenders. The facility not only contains better terms and conditions than the one it supersedes, but also extends those terms an additional two years. With over $500 million in cash on hand and $950 million of standby lines of credit, we are in a strong position to continue pursuing growth opportunities that create additional shareholder value."


For Avnet's second quarter fiscal 2008, management expects normal seasonality at both operating groups with sales at EM to be in the range of $2.40 billion to $2.50 billion and anticipates sales for TS to be between $2.05 billion and $2.15 billion. Therefore, Avnet's consolidated sales are forecasted to be between $4.45 billion and $4.65 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2008. Management expects the second quarter earnings to be in the range of $0.83 to $0.87 per share, up 24% - 30% as compared with last year's second quarter. The above EPS guidance does not include the amortization of intangibles or integration charges related to the acquisitions that have closed or will close in the December quarter.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains certain "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. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in factual circumstances. The forward-looking statements herein include statements addressing future financial and operating results of Avnet and may include words such as "will," "anticipate," "expect," believe," and "should," and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussions of future operating or financial performance or business prospects. Actual results may vary materially from the expectations contained in the forward-looking statements.

The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements: the Company's ability to retain and grow market share and to generate additional cash flow, risks associated with any acquisition activities and the successful integration of acquired companies, any significant and unanticipated sales decline, changes in business conditions and the economy in general, changes in market demand and pricing pressures, allocations of products by suppliers, other competitive and/or regulatory factors affecting the businesses of Avnet generally.

More detailed information about these and other factors is set forth in Avnet's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. Avnet is under no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to disclosing financial results that are determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), the Company also discloses in this press release certain non-GAAP financial information including adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share. The non-GAAP financial information is used to reflect the Company's results of operations excluding debt extinguishment costs in the prior period presented. The Company also discloses sales adjusted for the impact of certain acquisitions and the change to net revenue accounting treatment of sales of supplier service contracts ("pro forma sales" or "organic revenue"). Management believes pro forma sales is another useful measure for evaluating current period performance as compared with prior periods and understanding underlying trends.

Management believes net income and diluted earnings per share adjusted for the impact of debt extinguishment costs is useful to investors because it provides a measure of the Company's net profitability on a more comparable basis to historical periods and provides a more meaningful basis for forecasting future performance. Additionally, because of management's focus on generating shareholder value, of which net profitability is a primary driver, management believes net income and diluted EPS excluding the impact of this item provides an important measure of the Company's net results of operations for the investing public. However, analysis of results and outlook on a non-GAAP basis should be used as a complement to, and in conjunction with, data presented in accordance with GAAP.

First Quarter Fiscal 2007

The results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2007 include debt extinguishment costs, the mention of which management believes is useful to investors when comparing operating performance with other periods.

   Quarter ended September 30, 2006     Income  Net Income Diluted EPS
-------------------------------------- -------- ---------- -----------
                                       (in thousands, except per share
GAAP results                           $ 99,073    $64,143       $0.44
Debt extinguishment costs                27,358     16,538        0.11
                                       -------- ---------- -----------
Adjusted results                       $126,431    $80,681       $0.55
                                       ======== ========== ===========

Organic (Pro Forma) Sales

Organic revenue, or pro forma sales, is defined as sales adjusted for (i) the impact of the classification of sales of supplier service contracts on an agency (net) basis, which was effective beginning in the third quarter of fiscal 2007, as if the net revenue accounting was applied to periods prior to the change and (ii) the impact of certain acquisitions, including Access Distribution acquired on December 31, 2006, Azure Technologies acquired in April 2007 and Flint Distribution acquired in July 2007, to include the sales recorded by these businesses as if the acquisitions had occurred at the beginning of fiscal 2007. Prior period sales adjusted for these impacts are presented below:

                           Sales     Gross to  Acquisition  Pro forma
                        as Reported Net Impact    Sales       Sales
                        ----------- ---------- ----------- -----------
                                        (in thousands)
Q1 Fiscal 2007          $ 3,648,400 $ (95,810)  $  455,631 $ 4,008,221
Q2 Fiscal 2007            3,891,180  (118,607)     524,168   4,296,741
Q3 Fiscal 2007            3,904,262         -       21,949   3,926,211
Q4 Fiscal 2007            4,237,245         -       14,767   4,252,012
                        ----------- ---------- ----------- -----------
Fiscal year 2007        $15,681,087 $(214,417)  $1,016,515 $16,483,185
                        =========== ========== =========== ===========

Cash Flow Activity

The following table summarizes the Company's cash flow activity for the first quarters of fiscal 2008 and 2007, including the Company's computation of free cash flow and a reconciliation of this metric to the nearest GAAP measures of net income and net cash flow from operations. Management's computation of free cash flow consists of net cash flow from operations plus cash flows generated from or used for purchases and sales of property, plant and equipment, acquisitions of operations, effects of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents and other financing activities. Management believes that the non-GAAP metric of free cash flow is a useful measure to help management and investors better assess and understand the Company's operating performance and sources and uses of cash. Management also believes the analysis of free cash flow assists in identifying underlying trends in the business. Computations of free cash flow may differ from company to company. Therefore, the analysis of free cash flow should be used as a complement to, and in conjunction with, the Company's consolidated statements of cash flows presented in the accompanying financial statements.

Management also analyzes cash flow from operations based upon its three primary components noted in the table below: net income, non-cash and other reconciling items and cash flow used for working capital. Similar to free cash flow, management believes that this breakout is an important measure to help management and investors better understand the trends in the Company's cash flows, including the impact of management's focus on asset utilization and efficiency through its management of the net balance of receivables, inventories and accounts payable.

                                              First Quarters Ended
                                           September 29, September 30,
                                                 2007          2006
                                           ------------- -------------
                                                 (in thousands)
Net income                                    $ 105,537     $  64,143
Non-cash and other reconciling items             60,130        50,850
Cash flow used for working capital
    (excluding cash and cash equivalents)      (209,492)     (141,610)
                                           ------------- -------------
       Net cash flow used for operations        (43,825)      (26,617)
Cash flow generated from (used for):
    Purchases of property, plant and
     equipment                                  (13,661)      (14,045)
    Cash proceeds from sales of property,
     plant and equipment                            278           728
    Effect of exchange rates on cash and
     cash equivalents                            18,624            88
    Other, net financing activities               4,777         3,082
                                           ------------- -------------
                                                (33,807)      (36,764)

    Acquisitions of operations, net             (12,190)            -

                                           ------------- -------------
       Net free cash flow                     $ (45,997)    $ (36,764)
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Teleconference Webcast and Upcoming Events

Avnet will host a Webcast of its quarterly teleconference today at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The live Webcast event, as well as other financial information including financial statement reconciliations of GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures, will be available through www.ir.avnet.com. Please log onto the site 15 minutes prior to the start of the event to register or download any necessary software. An archive copy of the presentation will also be available after the Webcast.

For a listing of Avnet's upcoming events and other information, please visit Avnet's investor relations website at www.ir.avnet.com.

About Avnet

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and technology services and solutions with more than 300 locations serving 70 countries worldwide. The company markets, distributes and optimizes the supply-chain and provides design-chain services for the products of the world's leading electronic component suppliers, enterprise computer manufacturers and embedded subsystem providers. Avnet brings a breadth and depth of capabilities, such as maximizing inventory efficiency, managing logistics, assembling products and providing engineering design assistance for its 100,000 customers, accelerating their growth through cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007, Avnet generated revenue of $15.68 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com. (AVT_IR)

                              AVNET, INC.
                         FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

                                              FIRST QUARTERS ENDED

                                           SEPTEMBER 29, SEPTEMBER 30,
                                               2007        2006 (a)
                                           ------------  -------------

Sales                                      $    4,098.7  $     3,648.4

Income before income taxes                        154.1           99.1

Net income                                        105.5           64.1

Net income per share:
        Basic                              $       0.70  $        0.44
        Diluted                            $       0.69  $        0.44

(a)See notes to Consolidated Statements of Operations at bottom of
 financial tables

                             AVNET, INC.

                                              FIRST QUARTERS ENDED

                                           SEPTEMBER 29, SEPTEMBER 30,
                                               2007        2006 (a)
                                           ------------  -------------

Sales                                        $4,098,718     $3,648,400
Cost of sales                                 3,572,190      3,180,035
                                           ------------  -------------

Gross profit                                    526,528        468,365

Selling, general and administrative
   expenses                                     361,332        323,394

                                           ------------  -------------
Operating income                                165,196        144,971

Other income, net                                 7,430          3,746
Interest expense                               (18,557)       (22,286)
Debt extinguishment costs (Note 1(a))                 -       (27,358)

                                           ------------  -------------
Income before income taxes                      154,069         99,073

Income tax provision                             48,532         34,930

                                           ------------  -------------
Net income                                     $105,537        $64,143
                                           ============  =============

Net earnings per share:
        Basic                                     $0.70          $0.44
                                           ============  =============
        Diluted                                   $0.69          $0.44
                                           ============  =============

Shares used to compute earnings
  per share:
        Basic                                   149,978        146,718
                                           ============  =============
        Diluted                                 153,458        147,201
                                           ============  =============

(a)See notes to Consolidated Statements of Operations at bottom of
 financial tables

                              AVNET, INC.

                                              SEPTEMBER 29,  JUNE 30,
                                                  2007         2007
                                              ------------- ----------

 Current assets:
    Cash and cash equivalents                      $520,886   $557,350
    Receivables, net                              3,065,792  3,103,015
    Inventories                                   1,824,060  1,736,301
    Prepaid and other current assets                 71,767     92,179
                                              ------------- ----------
        Total current assets                      5,482,505  5,488,845
  Property, plant and equipment, net                184,489    179,533
  Goodwill                                        1,409,186  1,402,470
  Other assets                                      291,494    284,271
                                              ------------- ----------

        Total assets                              7,367,674  7,355,119
                                              ------------- ----------

Less liabilities:
  Current liabilities:
    Borrowings due within one year                   66,659     53,367
    Accounts payable                              2,035,709  2,228,017
    Accrued expenses and other                      426,312    495,601
                                              ------------- ----------
        Total current liabilities                 2,528,680  2,776,985
  Long-term debt, less due within one year        1,156,008  1,155,990
  Other long-term liabilities                       107,819     21,499
                                              ------------- ----------

        Total liabilities                         3,792,507  3,954,474
                                              ------------- ----------

Shareholders' equity                             $3,575,167 $3,400,645
                                              ============= ==========

                              AVNET, INC.

                                              FIRST QUARTERS ENDED
                                           SEPTEMBER 29, SEPTEMBER 30,
                                               2007          2006
                                           ------------- -------------
Cash flows from operating activities:

 Net income                                     $105,537       $64,143

 Non-cash and other reconciling items:
  Depreciation and amortization                   13,522        13,260
  Deferred income taxes                           32,343        22,121
  Stock based compensation                        11,395         7,025
  Other, net                                       2,870         8,444

 Changes in (net of effects from business
  Receivables                                    101,610      (80,583)
  Inventories                                   (49,219)      (34,328)
  Accounts payable                             (229,186)       (9,522)
  Accrued expenses and other, net               (32,697)      (17,177)
                                           ------------- -------------

  Net cash flows used for operating
   activities                                   (43,825)      (26,617)
                                           ------------- -------------

Cash flows from financing activities:
 Issuance of notes in public offerings, net
  of issuance costs                                    -       296,085
 Proceeds from (repayment of) bank debt,
  net                                              9,433      (54,258)
 Proceeds from other debt, net                       100             3
 Other, net                                        4,777         3,082
                                           ------------- -------------

  Net cash flows provided from financing
   activities                                     14,310       244,912
                                           ------------- -------------

Cash flows from investing activities:
 Purchases of property, plant, and
  equipment                                     (13,661)      (14,045)
 Cash proceeds from sales of property,
  plant and equipment                                278           728
 Acquisitions of operations, net                (12,190)             -
                                           ------------- -------------

  Net cash flows used for investing
   activities                                   (25,573)      (13,317)
                                           ------------- -------------

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash
 equivalents                                      18,624            88
                                           ------------- -------------

Cash and cash equivalents:
 -(decrease) increase                           (36,464)       205,066
 -at beginning of period                         557,350       276,713
                                           ------------- -------------

 -at end of period                              $520,886      $481,779
                                           ============= =============

                             AVNET, INC.
                         SEGMENT INFORMATION

                                              FIRST QUARTERS ENDED

                                           SEPTEMBER 29, SEPTEMBER 30,
SALES:                                         2007          2006
                                           ------------- -------------

Electronics Marketing                           $2,491.2      $2,435.4

Technology Solutions                             1,607.5       1,213.0

                                           ------------- -------------
       Consolidated                             $4,098.7      $3,648.4
                                           ============= =============


Electronics Marketing                             $130.2        $125.6

Technology Solutions                                58.5          39.0

Corporate                                         (23.5)        (19.6)
                                           ------------- -------------

       Consolidated                               $165.2        $145.0
                                           ============= =============

                             AVNET, INC.
                     FIRST QUARTER OF FISCAL 2008

(1) During the first quarter of fiscal 2007, the Company incurred debt
 extinguishment costs amounting to $27,358,000 pre-tax, $16,538,000
 after tax and $0.11 per share on a diluted basis. In September 2006,
 the Company elected to redeem on October 12, 2006 all of its
 outstanding 9 3/4% Notes due February 15, 2008. The costs incurred as
 a result of the election notice included $20,322,000 for a make-whole
 redemption premium, $4,939,000 associated with the termination of two
 interest rate swaps that hedged $200,000,000 of the 9 3/4% Notes, and
 $2,097,000 to write-off certain deferred financing costs. The Company
 used the net proceeds from the issuance in the first quarter of
 $300,000,000 principal amount of 6.625% Notes due September 15, 2016,
 plus available liquidity, to repurchase the 9 3/4% Notes on October
 12, 2006.

SOURCE: Avnet, Inc.

Avnet, Inc.
Investor Relations Contact:
Vincent Keenan, Investor Relations, 480-643-7053

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