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Astronics Corporation Sales Doubled to Record $179.4 Million While Net Income Increased 138% to Record $17.1 Million for Third Quarter 2014

  • Organic sales increased by $15.6 million, or 17.4%, to $105.3 million; acquisitions added $74.1 million in revenue for the quarter

  • Record quarterly diluted earnings per share were $0.75 vs. $0.32 in prior-year quarter

  • Third quarter bookings achieved a record $154.0 million, driven by Aerospace segment

  • 2014 revenue guidance tightened to range of $645 million to $655 million

EAST AURORA, N.Y., Nov. 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq:ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, today reported financial results for the three and nine months ended September 27, 2014. Earnings per share for all periods presented are adjusted for the twenty percent distribution of Class B Stock for shareholders of record on September 5, 2014.

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
Sept. 27,
2014
Sept. 28,
2013
%
Change
Sept. 27,
2014
Sept. 28,
2013
%
Change
Sales $ 179,442 $ 89,681 100.1% $ 494,956 $ 234,481 111.1%
Gross profit $ 51,310 $ 23,785 115.7% $ 124,517 $ 62,685 98.6%
Gross margin 28.6% 26.5% 25.2% 26.7%
SG&A $ 25,539 $ 11,433 123.4% $ 62,638 $ 31,291 100.2%
SG&A percent of sales 14.2% 12.7% 12.7% 13.3%
Income from operations $ 25,771 $ 12,352 108.6% $ 61,879 $ 31,394 97.1%
Operating margin % 14.4% 13.8% 12.5% 13.4%
Net income $ 17,080 $ 7,155 138.7% $ 37,731 $ 20,877 80.7%
Net income % 9.5% 8.0% 7.6% 8.9%

Consolidated Review

Third Quarter 2014 Results

Consolidated sales for the third quarter of 2014 increased 100.1% to $179.4 million compared with $89.7 million for the same period last year. Aerospace segment sales increased $34.7 million to $122.2 million and Test Systems segment sales increased $55.1 million to $57.2 million. The 2014 third quarter included $74.1 million in sales for two businesses acquired after September 28, 2013. Organic sales increased $15.6 million, or 17.4%.

Consolidated gross margin was 28.6% in the third quarter of 2014 compared with 26.5% in the third quarter of 2013. Margin leverage achieved from increased organic sales volume was somewhat offset by approximately $1.3 million in costs related to the fair value step-up of inventory from acquired businesses, $2.4 million in increased warranty expense and higher engineering and development ("E&D") costs. E&D costs were $19.1 million in the third quarter of 2014, which included $5.1 million for businesses acquired after the third quarter of 2013. E&D costs in last year's third quarter were $12.4 million. There were also $1.7 million in charges for work force reductions associated with the realignment of the Test Systems segment.

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses were $25.5 million, or 14.2% of sales, in the third quarter of 2014 compared with $11.4 million, or 12.7% of sales, in the same period last year. Approximately $12.5 million of the increase was associated with acquired businesses, including $5.7 million of intangible assets amortization expense.

Diluted earnings per share for the 2014 third quarter were $0.75 compared with $0.32 in the prior-year period. Earnings in the quarter were negatively impacted by approximately $1.3 million pre-tax, or approximately $0.04 per diluted share after tax, for the fair value inventory step-up charges associated with acquired businesses.

Nine Month 2014 Results

Financial results include the effect of four business acquisitions that Astronics completed from July 2013 through the end of the 2014 first quarter, of which three were in its Aerospace segment and one was in the Test Systems segment.

Consolidated sales for the first nine months of 2014 increased by 111.1%, or $260.5 million, to $495.0 million compared with $234.5 million for the same period last year. Aerospace sales increased $138.3 million to $366.1 million and Test Systems sales increased $122.2 million to $128.8 million. For the first nine months of 2014, sales from acquired businesses contributed $226.8 million to consolidated sales, while organic sales increased $33.7 million, or 14.4%.

Consolidated gross margin was 25.2% in the first nine months of 2014 compared with 26.7% in the first nine months of 2013. Margin leverage achieved from increased organic sales volume was offset by approximately $18.6 million for the fair value step-up of inventory from acquired businesses, as well as increased E&D costs and $3.1 million of higher warranty costs. Total E&D expenses were $57.1 million in the first nine months of 2014, of which $15.1 million was associated with businesses acquired after last year's third quarter. E&D expense in last year's first nine months was $38.6 million.

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses were approximately $62.6 million, or 12.7% of sales, in the first nine months of 2014 compared with $31.3 million, or 13.3% of sales, in the same period last year. The increase was due primarily to the incremental SG&A costs of acquired businesses, which added approximately $30.0 million to SG&A in the first nine months of 2014, including $9.8 million of amortization expense relating to those businesses, when compared with the same period last year.

Diluted earnings per share for the first nine months of 2014 were $1.67 compared with $0.95 for the same period last year. For the 2014 period, fair value inventory step-up charges associated with acquired businesses' inventory was approximately $18.6 million before taxes, or approximately $0.56 per diluted share after tax, in the first nine months of 2014.

Aerospace Segment Review (refer to sales by market and segment data in accompanying tables)

Aerospace Third Quarter 2014 Results

Aerospace segment sales increased by $34.7 million, or 39.7%, when compared with the prior year's third quarter to $122.2 million. Organic sales grew 18.4%, or $16.1 million, and sales from acquired businesses added $18.6 million.

Sales to the Commercial Transport market increased $32.7 million, of which $14.0 million was related to the acquired businesses with the remaining increase primarily related to higher organic sales of Electrical Power & Motion and Lighting & Safety products. Organic sales of Electrical Power & Motion products to the Commercial Transport market increased approximately $9.6 million as global demand for passenger power systems continued to be strong. Organic Lighting and Safety product sales to the Commercial Transport market increased by $7.4 million due to higher demand for passenger service units and aircraft lighting products.

Military sales decreased $2.4 million when compared with the prior year's third quarter due to reduced military spending.

Sales to the Business Jet market increased $3.9 million when compared with last year's third quarter. Sales from the acquired businesses were $4.7 million and were partially offset by lower organic sales to this market.

Aerospace operating profit for the third quarter of 2014 was $22.1 million, or 18.0% of sales, compared with $15.4 million, or 17.6% of sales, in the same period last year. Approximately $2.0 million in operating profit was related to the acquired aerospace businesses. Operating leverage gained on volume for the organic business was partially offset by approximately $1.6 million of higher organic E&D costs and increased warranty costs of $2.3 million. Aerospace SG&A expense increased $4.4 million in the third quarter of 2014 as compared with 2013. The increase was due primarily to the incremental SG&A of the acquired businesses, which added $3.2 million, and increased amortization expense for acquired intangible assets.

Aerospace Nine Month 2014 Results

Year-to-date Aerospace segment sales increased by $138.3 million, or 60.7%, to $366.1 million compared with the prior year's first nine months. Organic sales grew 15.7%, or $35.7 million. Sales from acquired businesses were $102.6 million.

Sales to the Commercial Transport market increased $131.2 million. Organic sales to this market increased $43.6 million and sales from acquired businesses added $87.6 million. The organic sales increase to this market was primarily from Electrical Power & Motion products, which increased approximately $32.4 million as global demand for passenger power systems continued to be strong. Additionally, organic sales of Lighting and Safety products to this market increased approximately $9.7 million.

Sales for Military aircraft decreased $1.8 million when compared with the first nine months of 2013. The acquired businesses added $1.8 million, while organic sales were $3.6 million lower due to reduced military spending.

Sales to the Business Jet market increased $6.4 million when compared with last year's first nine months. The acquired businesses added $8.6 million in sales to this market, more than offsetting $2.2 million decline of organic sales, primarily from the Lighting & Safety and Electrical Power & Motion product lines.

Aerospace operating profit for the first nine months of 2014 was $60.3 million, or 16.5% of sales, compared with $41.1 million, or 18.0% of sales, in the same period last year. The acquired businesses contributed approximately $8.2 million in operating profit in the period. Leverage achieved from higher organic sales volume was partially offset by approximately $3.5 million higher organic E&D costs and increased warranty costs of $2.8 million. Additionally impacting year-to-date aerospace operating margins was approximately $2.6 million of expense in cost of goods sold related to the fair value step-up of inventory from acquired businesses. Aerospace SG&A expense increased $16.3 million in first nine months of 2014 as compared with 2013. The increase was due primarily to the incremental SG&A of the acquired businesses, which added $15.6 million.

Test Systems Segment Review (refer to sales by market and segment data in accompanying tables)

Test Systems Third Quarter 2014 Results

Sales in the 2014 third quarter increased $55.1 million to $57.2 million compared with sales of $2.2 million for the same period in 2013. The incremental sales to both the Commercial Electronics and Military markets was from Astronics Test Systems ("ATS"), acquired on February 28, 2014. Sales from the acquired business were $55.5 million in the third quarter of 2014; organic Test Systems sales were $1.7 million for the quarter.

Operating profit for the third quarter of 2014 was $5.7 million compared with an operating loss of $0.7 million in the same period last year. The improvement was a result of the operating profit from the acquired ATS business. Test Systems third quarter operating profit was negatively impacted by $1.0 million in expense for the fair value step-up of inventory from the acquired ATS business. Additionally, amortization expense in the third quarter relating to the acquisition was $5.3 million. Amortization expense in the fourth quarter is expected to be in the range of $0.5 million to $1.0 million. There were also $1.7 million in charges for work force reductions associated with the realignment of the Test Systems segment.

Test Systems Nine Month 2014 Results

Sales in the first nine months of 2014 were up $122.2 million to $128.8 million over the prior year period. Incremental sales to both the Commercial Electronics and Military markets from the acquisition of ATS drove the growth. Year-to-date sales from the acquired business were $124.3 million.

Operating profit for the first nine months of 2014 was $8.0 million compared with an operating loss of $2.9 million in the same period last year. All of the improvement was due to the ATS acquisition. Included in the year-to date cost of products sold was the impact of $16.0 million related to the fair value step-up of acquired inventory. SG&A costs associated with the acquired business were approximately $14.5 million, while incremental E&D costs reported in the cost of goods sold were approximately $6.4 million.

Balance Sheet

Cash at the end of the third quarter of 2014 was $24.9 million compared with $54.6 million at December 31, 2013. Cash provided by operating activities for the first nine months of 2014 was approximately $68.5 million.

Cash used for investing activities was $100.0 million, which included $19.0 million for the purchase and modifications of the new facility in Oregon, $69.4 million for the acquisition of ATS and $10.9 million for other capital expenditures. The Company expects capital spending for the 2014 full year to be in the range of $40 million to $44 million, including the purchase and modifications of the new Oregon facility.

Forecast

On September 27, 2014, backlog was $301.4 million compared with $214.2 million at December 31, 2013 and $326.8 million at the end of the second quarter of 2014. Approximately $158.2 million of this backlog is expected to ship over the remainder of 2014 and $262.5 million is expected to ship over the next 12 months.

The Company has tightened its full year revenue expectations for 2014 to $645 million to $655 million. Approximately $485 million to $490 million of forecasted 2014 revenue is expected from the Aerospace segment, while approximately $160 million to $165 million of the forecasted revenue is expected from the Test Systems segment.

Mr. Gundermann concluded, "Record quarterly orders of $154 million and a solid backlog put us in a good position to close 2014 with momentum. We expect that our fourth quarter will be down somewhat from recent quarters due to the timing of customer orders, but it will also have less noise associated with inventory step-up expense, intangible amortization, restructuring, and warranty expenses. As we look to our future, we continue to identify opportunities to solve customer problems through innovation and investment, thereby developing product positions that will create value for the long term."

Third Quarter and Year–to-Date 2014 Webcast and Conference Call

The Company will host a teleconference today at 11:00 a.m. ET. During the teleconference, Peter J. Gundermann, President and CEO, and David C. Burney, Executive 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 by calling (201) 689-8562. The listen-only audio webcast can be monitored at www.astronics.com. To listen to the archived call, dial (858) 384-5517 and enter conference ID number 13592851. The telephonic replay will be available from 2:00 p.m. ET on the day of the call through Tuesday, November 11, 2014. A transcript will also be posted to the Company's Web site once available.

ABOUT ASTRONICS CORPORATION

Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq:ATRO) is a leader in advanced, high-performance lighting, electrical power, specialized avionics products and automated test systems for the global aerospace and defense industries. 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, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, has 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 news 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 expressions. Because such statements apply to future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause 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 and defense industries, 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 news 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
9/27/2014 9/28/2013 9/27/2014 9/28/2013
Sales $ 179,442 $ 89,681 $ 494,956 $ 234,481
Cost of products sold 128,132 65,896 370,439 171,796
Gross profit 51,310 23,785 124,517 62,685
Gross margin 28.6% 26.5% 25.2% 26.7%
Selling, general and administrative 25,539 11,433 62,638 31,291
SG&A % of Sales 14.2% 12.7% 12.7% 13.3%
Income from operations 25,771 12,352 61,879 31,394
Operating margin 14.4% 13.8% 12.5% 13.4%
Interest expense, net 2,301 1,605 7,183 2,085
Income before tax 23,470 10,747 54,696 29,309
Income tax expense 6,390 3,592 16,965 8,432
Net Income $ 17,080 $ 7,155 $ 37,731 $ 20,877
Net income % of Sales 9.5% 8.0% 7.6% 8.9%
*Basic earnings per share: $ 0.79 $ 0.34 $ 1.74 $ 1.00
*Diluted earnings per share: $ 0.75 $ 0.32 $ 1.67 $ 0.95
*Weighted average diluted shares outstanding (in thousands) 22,677 22,061 22,658 21,920
Capital Expenditures $ 6,880 $ 1,162 $ 29,971 $ 4,833
Depreciation and Amortization $ 10,859 $ 3,077 $ 21,168 $ 6,547
*All share quantities and per share data reported for 2014 have been restated to reflect the impact of the twenty percent Class B stock distribution to shareholders of record on September 5, 2014.
ASTRONICS CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA
( in thousands)
9/27/2014 12/31/2013
(Unaudited)
ASSETS
Cash and cash equivalents $ 24,928 $ 54,635
Accounts receivable 111,898 60,942
Inventories 126,564 85,269
Other current assets 14,149 10,352
Property, plant and equipment, net 111,362 70,900
Other long-term assets 6,179 5,474
Intangible assets, net 95,285 102,701
Goodwill 100,542 100,998
Total Assets $ 590,907 $ 491,271
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current maturities of long term debt $ 10,239 $ 12,279
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 79,859 52,211
Customer Advances and Deferred Revenue 45,618 20,747
Long-term debt 202,404 188,041
Other liabilities 41,518 46,484
Shareholders' equity 211,269 171,509
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 590,907 $ 491,271
ASTRONICS CORPORATION
SEGMENT DATA
(Unaudited, $ in thousands)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
9/27/2014 9/28/2013 9/27/2014 9/28/2013
Sales
Aerospace $ 122,233 $ 87,525 $ 366,128 $ 227,870
Test Systems 57,209 2,660 129,065 7,207
Less Inter-segment -- (504) (237) (596)
Total Sales $ 179,442 $ 89,681 $ 494,956 $ 234,481
Operating Profit and Margins
Aerospace $ 22,057 $ 15,377 $ 60,308 $ 41,112
18.0% 17.6% 16.5% 18.0%
Test Systems 5,699 (745) 8,034 (2,880)
10.0% (28.0)% 6.2% (40.0)%
Total Operating Profit 27,756 14,632 68,342 38,232
15.5% 16.3% 13.8% 16.3%
Interest Expense 2,301 1,605 7,183 2,085
Corporate Expenses and Other 1,985 2,280 6,463 6,838
Income Before Taxes $ 23,470 $ 10,747 $ 54,696 $ 29,309
13.1% 12.0% 11.1% 12.5%
ASTRONICS CORPORATION
SALES BY MARKET
(Unaudited, $ in thousands)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
9/27/2014 9/28/2013 % change 9/27/2014 9/28/2013 % change 2014 YTD
Aerospace Segment
Commercial Transport $ 97,260 $ 64,580 50.6% $ 293,051 $ 161,806 81.1% 59.3%
Military 10,279 12,702 (19.1)% 31,589 33,400 (5.4)% 6.5%
Business Jet 10,565 6,705 57.6% 28,740 22,336 28.7% 5.8%
Other 4,129 3,538 16.7% 12,748 10,328 23.4% 2.6%
Aerospace Total 122,233 87,525 39.7% 366,128 227,870 60.7% 74.2%
Test Systems Segment
Commercial Electronics 48,927 -- N/A 106,384 -- N/A 21.4%
Military 8,282 2,156 284.1% 22,444 6,611 239.5% 4.4%
57,209 2,156 2,553.5% 128,828 6,611 1,848.7% 25.8%
Total $ 179,442 $ 89,681 100.1% $ 494,956 $ 234,481 111.1% 100.0%
ASTRONICS CORPORATION
SALES BY PRODUCT
(Unaudited, $ in thousands)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
9/27/2014 9/28/2013 % change 9/27/2014 9/28/2013 % change 2014 YTD
Aerospace Segment
Electrical Power & Motion $ 61,885 $ 47,142 31.3% $ 188,368 $ 133,793 40.8% 38.1%
Lighting & Safety 37,104 30,009 23.6% 111,702 67,218 66.2% 22.7%
Avionics 15,351 3,857 298.0% 40,601 13,553 199.6% 8.2%
Structures 3,526 2,801 25.9% 10,868 2,801 288.0% 2.3%
Other 4,367 3,716 17.5% 14,589 10,505 38.9% 2.9%
Aerospace Total 122,233 87,525 39.7% 366,128 227,870 60.7% 74.2%
Test Systems 57,209 2,156 2,553.5% 128,828 6,611 1,848.7% 25.8%
Total $ 179,442 $ 89,681 100.1% $ 494,956 $ 234,481 111.1% 100.0%
ASTRONICS CORPORATION
ORDER AND BACKLOG TREND
(Unaudited, $ in thousands)

Q4
2013

Q1
2014

Q2
2014

Q3
2014
Trailing
Twelve
Months
12/31/2013 3/30/2014 6/28/2014 9/27/2014 9/27/2014
Sales
Aerospace $ 102,660 $ 122,372 $ 121,523 $ 122,233 $ 468,788
Test Systems 2,796 18,579 53,040 57,209 131,624
Total Sales $ 105,456 $ 140,951 $ 174,563 $ 179,442 $ 600,412
Bookings
Aerospace $ 107,633 $ 123,578 $ 117,761 $ 139,486 $ 488,458
Test Systems 1,127 22,677 21,241 14,560 59,605
Total Bookings $ 108,760 $ 146,255 $ 139,002 $ 154,046 $ 548,063
Backlog*
Aerospace $ 207,101 $ 208,307 $ 204,545 $ 221,797 N/A
Test Systems 7,062 154,095 122,296 79,648 N/A
Total Backlog $ 214,163 $ 362,402 $ 326,841 $ 301,445 N/A
Book:Bill Ratio
Aerospace 1.05 1.01 0.97 1.14 1.04
Test Systems 0.40 1.22 0.40 0.25 0.45
Total Book:Bill 1.03 1.04 0.80 0.86 0.91
* On February 28, 2014, Astronics Corporation acquired Astronics Test Systems, Inc. which included a backlog of approximately $142.9 million for the Test Systems segment.

CONTACT: Company: David C. Burney, Chief Financial Officer Phone: (716) 805-1599, ext. 159 Email: david.burney@astronics.com Investor Relations: Deborah K. Pawlowski, Kei Advisors LLC Phone: (716) 843-3908 Email: dpawlowski@keiadvisors.com

Source:Astronics Corporation