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MTS REPORTS EARNINGS INCREASE OF 24 PERCENT

 MTS REPORTS EARNINGS INCREASE OF 24 PERCENT
 MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- MTS Systems Corporation


(NASDAQ: MTSC) reported a significantly improved earnings for its fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 1991.
 Although sales declined slightly from the prior year to $157,864,800, pretax income increased to $14,349,900, reflecting improved gross margins. Net income was $10,080,400 or $2.25 per share compared to $1.82 per share in the preceding year, a 24 percent increase.
 Sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 1991 were $51,700,100, 9 percent above the $47,568,300 sales reported for the comparable quarter one year ago. Pretax increased to $6,731,200, reflecting the prior year's fourth quarter reserves for completion of certain Seismic Simulation projects. Net income for the quarter was $4,916,300, or $1.09 per share compared to $.45 per share one year ago, a 142 percent increase.
 New orders for the year were $169,236,500, an 8 percent increase over fiscal year 1990. "Orders from international customers accounted for 55 percent of the total," said Don Sullivan, president. "As business in our U.S. markets, particularly automotive, continues to be very weak."
 For the fourth quarter of fiscal 1991, new orders were $56,550,900 which included the previously announced $19,600,000 order from Fiat Auto SPA for a Fiat-Trac(R) Roadway Simulator and an automobile endurance testing system.
 Backlog of undelivered orders at Sept. 30, 1991, increased to $82,403,900 compared to $71,032,200 one year ago.
 At the regular quarterly meeting of the board of directors held on Nov. 21, 1991, the directors increased the quarterly dividend from 10 cents to 12 cents (.12) per share, payable on Jan. 2, 1992, to shareholders of record on Dec. 6, 1991.
 MTS manufactures computer based systems for determining the durability of materials, products and structures; and measurement and control systems for the automation of manufacturing processes.
 MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION
 Three Months Ended
 (unaudited)
 9/30/91 9/30/90
 Sales $51,700,100 $47,568,300
 Income before taxes 6,731,200 1,869,800
 Income taxes 1,814,900 (187,700)
 Net income $4,916,300 $2,057,500
 Earnings per common and common
 equivalent shares $1.09 $.45
 Weighted average number of common
 and common equivalent shares 4,509,690 4,606,671
 12 Months Ended
 (audited)
 9/30/91 9/30/90
 Sales $157,864,800 $160,159,400
 Income before taxes 14,349,900 11,328,000
 Income taxes 4,269,500 2,919,700
 Net income $10,080,400 $8,408,300
 Earnings per common and common
 equivalent shares $2.25 $1.82
 Weighted average number of common
 and common equivalent shares 4,477,394 4,629,251
 -0- 11/22/91
 /CONTACT: Donald Sullivan, 612-937-4111 or Marshall Carpenter, 612-937-4008, both of MTS Systems/
 (MTSC) CO: MTS Systems, Inc. ST: Minnesota IN: CPR SU: ERN


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