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Profits Are Up at Security Companies - Network Security, Military Defense, and Environment Security Lead the Way
Free Profitability Survey Available From SecurityStockWatch.com


RYE BROOK, N.Y., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Security profits are up 18.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the prior quarter, according to the 2003- 2004 SecurityStockWatch.com Profitability Survey. The Survey analyzes the revenue, earnings, and profit margin for 100 security companies in six (6) distinct security groups: BioDefense, Environmental Security, Fraud Prevention, Military Defense, Network Security, and Physical Security. The free Survey is available at http://www.securitystockwatch.com/ via download.

Military defense contractors are the most profitable security companies. Boeing, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, L-3 Communications and Lockheed Martin all placed in the TOP 10 highest earnings security companies.

Two-thirds of the 100 Companies improved earnings in the most recent quarter over the same quarter a year ago. Other good performers were: Check Point Software Technologies, Choicepoint, Diebold, Deluxe Corporation, Fair, Isaac and Company, Steris Corporation, and Symantec.

BioDefense earnings were up 34.1% (led by Applera and BioReliance); Environmental Security earnings were up 142.1% (led by Donaldson, Headwaters, and Neogen); Military Defense earnings were up by 64.4% (led by Ceradyne, Integrated Defense Technologies and KVH Industries); Network Security earnings were up 32.3% (led by Netscreen Technologies, RSA Security and Secure Computing); and Physical Security earnings were up 16.9% (led by Ingersoll-Rand, Kroll and OSI Systems). The only security group which reported a loss in the most recent quarter vs. the prior quarter was the Fraud Prevention group (the biggest losers in this group were Atmel, Identix and Verisign).

Mr. Ed Johnson, CPA, Financial Analyst and Author of the Report said, "It is not surprising that a large majority of these companies are doing well. We are vulnerable to all sorts of attacks: bio-terrorism, 'dirty bombs,' environmental terrorism, cyber-terrorism, 'Oklahoma' type explosions, suicide bombers, crime in the workplace and criminal acts. Identity fraud has also become a major problem. Spending is on the rise sharply worldwide to safeguard against these threats and the 100 companies covered in our Profitability Survey are on the receiving end of much of this spending."

About the 2003-2004 SecurityStockWatch.com Profitability Survey
The 2003-2004 SecurityStockWatch.com Profitability Survey includes: charts with comparisons of revenues, earnings, and profit margin for trailing 12 months vs. prior trailing 12 months, and current quarter vs. the prior year quarter and previous quarter; analysis of 3 charts comparing the six (6) Security Groups to one another, and 18 charts that compare the Companies within each Group to one another. Also provided are two-page Company Profiles for all 100 Companies, SecurityStockWatch revenues and earnings rankings, and analysis of what the performance figures mean and implications for the future.

The one-hundred (100) companies profiled in the SecurityStockWatch Profitability Survey are:
  • BioDefense Group -- Abgenix, Applera Corporation -- Applied Biosystems, Acambis, Avant Immunotherapeutics, Bioreliance, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Cepheid, Gen-Probe, Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals, Isis Pharmaceuticals, Steris.
  • Environmental Security Group -- American Power Conversion, Calgon Carbon, Clean Harbors, Donaldson, Duratek, Great Lakes Chemical, Headwaters, Ionics, Neogen, Strategic Diagnostics, Shaw Group, Surebeam, TRC.
  • Fraud Prevention Group -- Activcard, Authentidate, Atmel, Carreker, Checkfree, Choicepoint, Deluxe, Digimarc, Digital River, Drexler Technology, Fair Isaac, M Systems, Fargo Electronics, Identix, Intelli-Check, Lightbridge, Nuance Communications, PEC Solutions, Saflink, SPSS, Scansoft, Viisage Technology, Verisign.
  • Military Defense Group -- Anteon, Applied Signal Technology, Boeing, CACI, Ceradyne, Cubic, Curtiss-Wright, Engineered Support Systems, FLIR Systems, General Dynamics, Integrated Defense Technologies, KVH, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin, Mantech, MercuryComputer Systems, Northrop Grumman, Orbital Sciences.
  • Network Security Group -- Computer Associates, CyberGuard, Check Point Software, Computer Sciences, Entrust, Internet Security Systems, Netegrity, Novell, Netscreen Technologies, Rainbow Technologies, RSA Security, SCM Microsystems, Secure Computing, Safenet, SRA, Symantec, Transaction Systems Architects, Watchguard Technologies.
  • Physical Security Group -- Applied Digital Solutions, Armor, Albemarle, Analogic, American Science and Engineering, Brinks, Checkpoint Systems, Cornell Corrections, Corrections Corp of America, Diebold, Intergraph, InVision Technologies, Ingersoll-Rand, Kroll, OSI Systems, Verint, Wackenhut Corrections.
    The 2003-2004 SecurityStockWatch.com Profitability Survey is available for immediate download at http://securitystockwatch.com/seprsu.html.