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Avnet’s (NYSE: AVT) second-quarter revenue fell 10.2 percent year over year, as the
electronics and information technology distributor posted revenue of $4.27
billion for its fiscal Q2 2009.

Net income also fell in Q2 to $112.3 million, or 75 cents per diluted share, as
compared with $142.2 million, or 93 cents per diluted share, for the same
period a year ago.

Click here to read about Avnet’s appointment of a
president to head its Technology Solutions operating group just two days ago.

Rick Hamada, Avnet’s chief operating officer,
tells Channel Insider that the company’s recent Technology Solutions management
change was performance-related, and not based on a single quarter, and not
insulated from the effects of the greater macroeconomic conditions.

"We have a strong performance and goals
culture here," Hamada says. "We’ve been working on getting
Technology Solutions back on a track to our long-range performance

This includes performance related to market
share, commitments regarding expense plans, the execution of plans regarding
new acquisitions and other similar tangible factors, according to Hamada.

former Technology Solutions President John Paget," Hamada says he
"is a very knowledgeable individual who added value to the business with
his strategic thoughts and directions. He had passion, energy and an in-depth

Philip Gallagher, Paget’s replacement, will
take the helm as all industry finds itself in uncertain economic waters.

"Our second fiscal quarter was unusually challenging as demand weakened
through the quarter, culminating with lower-than-expected revenue in the month
of December," says Roy Vallee, Avnet’s chairman and CEO,
in a prepared statement. "This slowdown was widespread as all three
regions and both operating groups contributed to a double-digit year-over-year
organic revenue decline for the quarter."

Avnet says it has initiated additional cost reductions that will result in $50
million in annualized savings and will be implemented by the end of the fiscal
year. Avnet is taking the action based on its Q2 results and its expectation of
continued market weakness over the next few quarters, the company said in a

Avnet’s Technology Solutions group saw the bigger dip of the company’s two
operating groups. Technology Solutions sales came in at $2 billion in Q2, down
12 percent year over year. On a regional basis, sales for Technology Solutions
in the Americas,
EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and
Africa) and Asia fell by 12.5
percent, 8.1 percent and 26.2 percent, respectively.

“Technology Solutions experienced a below normal calendar year-end surge as
revenue finished at the low end of expectations due primarily to a
weaker-than-expected final week in the Americas
region," Vallee says in a prepared statement. "The shortfall in the
more profitable Americas
region negatively impacted profit volume and margins. Therefore, we are taking
more cost reduction actions in the TS business to continue aligning our cost
structure to expected revenues.”

Avnet says Electronics Marketing sales of $2.27 billion in the second quarter
marked a decline of 8.5 percent year over year on a reported basis.

Looking ahead, Avnet says it expects less-than-normal seasonality in both its
operating units. With that in mind, the distributor is providing a wider range
of forecasts.

Avnet is forecasting Technology Solutions sales of between $1.45 billion and
$1.75 billion. The company expects consolidated sales of between $3.6 billion
and $4.2 billion. And Avnet says that it expects Electronics Marketing sales of
between $2.15 billion and $2.45 billion.

"While management currently does not believe that the current recessionary
environment will have a long term material impact on the company’s business and
its ability to reach its long-term goals, a prolonged economic downturn and
deteriorating business conditions may result in the impairment of the book
value of the goodwill," the company says in a statement. "However,
the drop of the company’s stock price since September 2008, although inline
with the decrease of the overall market downturn in percentage terms, has
resulted in a market capitalization that is significantly smaller as compared
with the end of the company’s last fiscal year."