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Astronics Corporation Reports Revenue of $48.6 Million and Net Income of $2.5 Million for Third Quarter 2009

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Astronics Corporation Reports Revenue of $48.6 Million and Net Income of $2.5 Million for Third Quarter 2009

Astronics Corporation Reports Revenue of $48.6 Million and Net Income of $2.5 Million for Third Quarter 2009

EAST AURORA, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leader in advanced, high performance lighting, electrical power and automated test systems for the global aerospace and defense industries, today reported sales of $48.6 million in the third quarter of 2009, which ended October 3, 2009, up 20.4% compared with sales of $40.4 million in the third quarter of 2008. Results for the 2009 quarter include DME Corporation, which was acquired by Astronics on January 30, 2009. Astronics’ organic business, excluding the recent acquisition, had sales of $34.5 million for the third quarter of 2009, down 14.5%, or $5.9 million, from the 2008 third quarter, but slightly above organic sales of $34.3 million in the trailing second quarter of 2009. DME sales in the 2009 third quarter were $14.1 million.

Sales for the Company’s Aerospace segment in the 2009 third quarter declined 3.5% to $39.0 million compared with the 2008 third quarter, while sales for the Test Systems segment were $9.6 million.

Net income in the third quarter of 2009 was $2.5 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, compared with $2.4 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the same period the prior year.

Operating Results

Gross profit in the third quarter of 2009 was $10.1 million, or 20.8% of sales, compared with $7.9 million, or 19.6% of sales, in the third quarter of 2008 and $8.7 million, or 18.6% of sales, in the trailing second quarter. Included in the cost of goods sold was $6.8 million in engineering and development (E&D) costs of which $1.6 million were associated with DME. E&D in last year’s third quarter and the trailing second quarter was $5.7 million and $6.4 million, respectively. The margin improvement over the trailing second quarter reflects reductions in estimated costs to complete several test systems long-term contracts that are nearing completion as well as the Company’s cost reduction efforts. The reduction of the estimated cost to complete those contracts contributed approximately $1.3 million to revenue and gross profit for the third quarter of 2009. Test Systems segment revenue is recognized from long-term, fixed-price contracts using the percentage of completion method of accounting.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense was $6.2 million, or 12.8% of sales, in the third quarter of 2009, above SG&A of $4.0 million, or 10.0% of sales, in last year’s third quarter, but below SG&A in the trailing second quarter of $6.4 million, or 13.7% of sales. SG&A for the 2009 third quarter and the trailing second quarter included approximately $2.3 million and $2.0 million, respectively, of DME-related expenses, including amortization of acquired intangible assets related to the acquisition of $0.8 million in each quarter.

Segment Review

Aerospace:

During the third quarter of 2009, Aerospace segment sales were $39.0 million, down $1.4 million, or 3.5%, from $40.4 million in the 2008 quarter, but improved from $38.2 million in this year’s second quarter. Organic aerospace sales declined by $5.9 million to $34.5 million compared with last year’s third quarter, but were slightly above organic sales of $34.3 million in the trailing second quarter of 2009. The acquired DME business added $4.5 million to aerospace sales in the 2009 third quarter.

Sales to the commercial transport market declined $3.5 million, or 13.7%, compared with the 2008 third quarter, but improved 3.9% when compared with the trailing second quarter. Soft demand for worldwide air travel in 2009 has caused global airlines to defer spending for cabin upgrades that often employ Astronics’ EMPOWER® in-seat power product line, which is used to enhance passengers’ flying experience by powering their personal electronic devices and lap-top computers as well as aircraft in-flight entertainment systems.

Sales to the military market increased by $1.6 million, or 21.8%, to $9.2 million over the prior year quarter, but were below sales of $9.9 million in the trailing second quarter. Sales of the power control unit for the Tactical Tomahawk cruise missile program were very strong in this year’s second quarter, but began to wind down and were concluded in the third quarter contributing to the quarter-over-quarter decrease in aerospace military sales. The program generated 2009 year-to-date revenue of $5.1 million which included third quarter revenue of $1.0 million.

Business jet market sales were off $2.1 million, or 29.9%, to $4.9 million and were 8.3% below sales in the trailing second quarter due to reduced business jet production. Also, there was $1.5 million in revenue from now-bankrupt Eclipse Aviation in last year’s third quarter. Sales to the FAA/airport market, a new market added in 2009 as part of the acquired DME business, were $2.6 million in the third quarter of 2009, $1.0 million ahead of this year’s second quarter.

Aerospace operating profit for the third quarter of 2009 was $4.7 million, or 12.0% of sales, compared with $4.6 million, or 11.4% of sales, in the same period last year. Operating profit in the trailing second quarter was $3.7 million, or 9.7% of sales. Margin expansion year-over-year and sequentially reflects improved mix and results of cost saving efforts during the quarter.

Mr. Gundermann noted, “Our diversification in all three markets in the aerospace industry and the addition of the FAA/Airport market has helped to reduce the impact we could have realized from the severe decline in business jet production and reduced spending by commercial airlines for cabin upgrades. Stronger sales to the military have helped to offset the effects of this downturn.”

Test Systems:

Sales in Astronics’ Test Systems segment, acquired with DME, were $9.6 million in the third quarter of 2009, a 9.3% improvement from the second quarter of 2009. Operating profit was $0.5 million, or 5.0% of sales, in this year’s third quarter compared with a loss of $0.3 million, or 2.8% of sales, in the trailing second quarter of 2009.

Mr. Gundermann commented, “The third quarter benefited by about $1.3 million as the estimated profit on several of our long-term contracts that are nearing completion has improved. However, this business remains slower than expected with continued delays in the awarding of military contracts. The VIPER/T business, which has been a significant contributor to revenue, has been slowing and is expected to decline further in 2010. The VIPER/T system tests and diagnoses electronic, electro-mechanical, and electro-optical equipment assemblies and circuit cards from weapons systems, radar systems and communications gear. The loss of the U.S. Marine contract for our latest test solution for forward deployed ground radios was a significant disappointment, but the reception the solution is getting from other military organizations is somewhat encouraging.”

Nine-Month Review

For the first nine months of 2009, sales were $145.6 million, a 12.6% increase compared with $129.3 million in the 2008 period. Astronics’ organic business, excluding the acquired DME business, had sales of $107.3 million in the first nine months of 2009. Included in the 2008 nine-month period was $8.4 million in revenue from now-bankrupt Eclipse Aviation. Sales to Eclipse in 2009 were insignificant.

Gross margin at 18.8% for the first nine months of 2009 was below last year’s gross margin of 22.1% in the same period. The margin decrease was due primarily to low DME margins and the lost margin on the lower sales volume for the organic business. Included in the cost of goods sold was $19.7 million in E&D expenditures of which $4.1 million were associated with DME. E&D costs for the first nine months of 2008 were $16.6 million. For the 2009 nine-month period, results included eight months of financial results from operations of DME, reflecting the date of acquisition.

SG&A expense was $18.7 million, or 12.8% of sales, in the first nine months of 2009 compared with $12.6 million, or 9.7% of sales, in the same period the prior year. The increase was due primarily to the addition of $5.8 million in SG&A costs at DME, including $2.4 million in amortization of acquired intangible assets and deferred financing costs associated with the acquisition. The lower gross margin and increased SG&A expenses resulted in a decline in operating margin for the first nine months of 2009 to 5.9% compared with 12.4% in the first nine months of 2008.

Other income of $1.0 million for the nine-month period was the result of an adjustment to the estimated fair value of a promissory note payable that was contingent on DME achieving certain 2009 revenue. The initial fair value estimation at the time of acquisition was $1.0 million of the $2.0 million contingent payment. At the end of the third quarter, it was not expected that the requirements for the contingent payment would be met. Net of tax, the adjustment was $0.7 million, or $0.06 per share.

The third quarter and year-to-date effective tax rate of 31.0% and 30.1%, respectively, reflect the impact of $0.3 million and $0.5 million in research and development tax credits.

Net income for the first nine months of 2009 was $5.9 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, compared with $10.1 million, or $0.95 per diluted share, in the same period the prior year.

Balance Sheet

Cash and cash equivalents were $17.5 million at October 3, 2009, compared with $3.0 million at December 31, 2008 and $4.5 million at the end of the trailing second quarter. Through the nine-month period, Astronics used $6.6 million to pay down long-term debt. The Company has a revolving credit facility with approximately $21.5 million available at October 3, 2009.

Cash generated from operations was $15.6 million during the quarter compared with $1.8 million used in last year’s third quarter. For the nine-month period, Astronics generated $25.1 million in cash from operations compared with $3.6 million in the 2008 period. The significant improvement in cash generated from operations during the 2009 periods was attributed to improved working capital management.

Capital expenditures in the third quarter of 2009 were $0.4 million compared with $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2008. For the nine-month periods, capital expenditures were $2.0 million and $3.2 million in 2009 and 2008, respectively. Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $2.5 million to $3.0 million for 2009.

Outlook for Remainder of 2009 and Preliminary Guidance for 2010

Orders in the third quarter of 2009 were $44.1 million, compared with orders of $30.8 million in the 2008 third quarter, and orders of $40.8 million in the trailing second quarter of 2009. Aerospace segment orders were $40.1 million compared with $30.8 million in the 2008 third quarter. Orders in the new Test Systems segment were $3.9 million.

Backlog at October 3, 2009, was $101.0 million, higher than the backlog of $92.1 million at the end of the third quarter of 2008, but down from backlog of $105.5 million at the end of the trailing second quarter. Aerospace backlog was $83.0 million at the end of the 2009 third quarter compared with $92.1 million at the end of last year’s third quarter and $81.8 million at the end of the trailing second quarter of 2009. Approximately $34.0 million of the Aerospace backlog is expected to ship in the fourth quarter of 2009. Test Systems backlog was $18.0 million, of which $9.0 million is expected to ship in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Mr. Gundermann stated, “We are tightening our full-year revenue guidance to a range $190 million to $195 million which is comprised of approximately $156 million to $159 million for Aerospace sales and $34 million to $36 million for Test System sales. We also caution that the strength in Test Systems margins realized in this quarter are not sustainable based on the current low level of sales.

“Although we were encouraged by the improved bookings during this quarter, as we look toward 2010, we currently do not expect any improvement in sales compared with this year and could potentially see a slight decline,” concluded Mr. Gundermann.

Third Quarter 2009 Webcast and Conference Call

The Company will host a teleconference at 11:00 a.m. ET today. During the teleconference, Peter J. Gundermann, President and CEO, and David C. Burney, Vice President and CFO, will review the financial and operating results for the period and discuss Astronics’ corporate strategy and outlook. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The Astronics conference call can be accessed the following ways:

  • The live webcast can be found at http://www.astronics.com. Participants should go to the website 10 - 15 minutes prior to the scheduled conference in order to register and download any necessary audio software.
  • The teleconference can be accessed by dialing (201) 689-8562 and requesting conference ID number 334952 approximately 5 - 10 minutes prior to the call.

To listen to the archived call:

  • The archived webcast will be at http://www.astronics.com. A transcript will also be posted, once available.
  • A replay can also be heard by calling (201) 612-7415 and referencing account number 3055 and conference ID number 334952. The telephonic replay will be available from 2:00 p.m. ET today through 11:59 p.m. ET on November 12, 2009.

ABOUT ASTRONICS CORPORATION

Astronics Corporation is a trusted leader in innovative, high performance lighting, power management systems for the global aerospace industry; automated diagnostic test systems, training and simulation devices for the defense industry; and safety and survival equipment for airlines. Astronics’ strategy is to develop and maintain positions of technical leadership in its chosen aerospace and defense markets, to leverage those positions to grow the amount of content and volume of product it sells to those markets and to selectively acquire businesses with similar technical capabilities that could benefit from our leadership position and strategic direction. Astronics Corporation, and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, DME Corporation, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp. and Luminescent Systems Inc., have a reputation for high quality designs, exceptional responsiveness, strong brand recognition and best-in-class manufacturing practices. The Company routinely posts news and other important information on its website at www.Astronics.com.

For more information on Astronics and its products, visit its website at www.Astronics.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. One can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of the words “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “may,” “will,” “estimate” or other similar expression. Because such statements apply to future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include the state of the aerospace industry, the market acceptance of newly developed products, internal production capabilities, the timing of orders received, the status of customer certification processes, the demand for and market acceptance of new or existing aircraft which contain the Company’s products, customer preferences, and other factors which are described in filings by Astronics with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking information in this press release whether to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes in future operating results, financial conditions or prospects, or otherwise.

FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW.

 
ASTRONICS CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT DATA

(Unaudited, $ in thousands except per share data)
       
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  10/3/2009       9/27/2008       10/3/2009       9/27/2008  
Sales $ 48,586 $ 40,363 $ 145,625 $ 129,341
Cost of products sold   38,466       32,455     118,251       100,811  
Gross Profit 10,120 7,908 27,374 28,530
Gross margin 20.8 % 19.6 % 18.8 % 22.1 %
Selling, general and administrative 6,202 4,030 18,711 12,552
           
Income from operations 3,918 3,878 8,663 15,978
Operating margin 8.1 % 9.6 % 5.9 % 12.4 %
Interest expense, net 407 182 1,307 554
Other (income) expense*   (107 )     60     (1,020 )     73  
Income before tax 3,618 3,636 8,376 15,351
Income taxes   1,122       1,257     2,523  

 

  5,209  
Net Income $ 2,496     $ 2,379   $ 5,853     $ 10,142  
 
Basic earnings per share: $ 0.23 $ 0.23 $ 0.55 $ 0.99
Diluted earnings per share: $ 0.23 $ 0.22 $ 0.53 $ 0.95
 
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 11,031 10,688 10,943 10,681
                 
Capital Expenditures $ 427 $ 1,058 $ 1,978 $ 3,188
Depreciation and Amortization   $ 1,954     $ 980     $ 5,649     $ 2,989  
 

*Includes contingent earnout liability fair value adjustment of $0.1 million in the third quarter and $1.0 million year-to-date 2009.

 

ASTRONICS CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA

(Unaudited, $ in thousands)
 
  10/3/2009   12/31/2008

ASSETS:

 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 17,540 $ 3,038
Accounts receivable 34,023 22,053
Inventories 31,030 35,586
Other current assets 5,172 6,078
Property, plant and equipment, net 32,228 29,075
Other long-term assets 5,193 4,409
Intangible assets 11,149 1,853
Goodwill   21,550     2,582
Total Assets $ 157,885   $ 104,674
 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:

Current maturities of long term debt $ 9,226 $ 920
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 24,936 22,475
Long-term debt 43,917 13,526
Other liabilities 11,057 9,498
Shareholders' equity   68,749     58,255
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 157,885   $ 104,674
 
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SEGMENT DATA

(Unaudited, $ in thousands)
 
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  10/3/2009       9/27/2008     10/3/2009       9/27/2008  
Sales  

 

 
Aerospace $ 38,958 $ 40,363 $ 118,992 $ 129,341
Test Systems   9,628       -     26,633       -  
Sales $ 48,586     $ 40,363   $ 145,625     $ 129,341  
 
Operating Profit and Margins
Aerospace $ 4,684 $ 4,605 $ 11,779 $ 18,211
Margin 12.0 % 11.4 % 9.9 % 14.1 %
Test Systems 483 - 430 -
Margin 5.0 % - % 1.6 % - %
Corporate Expenses and Other   1,249       727     3,546       2,233  
Total Operating Profit $ 3,918 $ 3,878 $ 8,663 $ 15,978
Operating Margin   8.1 %     9.6 %   5.9 %     12.4 %
 

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SALES BY MARKET
(Unaudited, $ in thousands)
                   
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended 2009
10/3/2009   9/27/2008   % change   10/3/2009   9/27/2008   % change   YTD %
Aerospace    
Commercial Transport $ 22,230 $ 25,755 -14 % $ 66,623 $ 78,429 -15 % 46 %
Military 9,203 7,556 22 % 29,544 24,225 22 % 20 %
Business Jet 4,947 7,052 -30 % 16,863 26,687 -37 % 12 %
FAA/Airport 2,578     -       5,962     -     4 %
Aerospace Total 38,958 40,363 -3 % 118,992 129,341 -8 % 82 %