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Curtiss-Wright Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2014 Financial Results and Issues 2015 Guidance

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2014.

Fourth Quarter 2014 Operating Highlights from Continuing Operations

  • Net sales decreased 3% to $573 million, from $588 million in 2013;
  • Operating income increased 5% to $75 million, from $72 million in 2013;
  • Operating margin increased 90 basis points to 13.1%, from 12.2% in 2013;
  • Net earnings from continuing operations increased 3% to $46 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, from $45 million, or $0.92 per diluted share, in 2013;
  • Free cash flow increased 86% to $166 million, from $89 million in 2013, generating a free cash flow conversion of 360%; and
  • New orders totaled $534 million, down 8% from 2013, primarily due to lower demand within the aerospace and ground defense markets following strong year-to-date results.

Full-Year 2014 Operating Highlights from Continuing Operations

  • Net sales increased 6% to $2.2 billion, from $2.1 billion in 2013;
  • Operating income increased 19% to $282 million, from $237 million in 2013;
  • Operating margin increased 140 basis points to 12.6%, from 11.2% in 2013;
  • Net earnings from continuing operations increased 22% to $170 million, or $3.46 per diluted share, from $139 million, or $2.91 per diluted share, in 2013;
  • Free cash flow increased 60% to $265 million, from $166 million in 2013, generating a free cash flow conversion of 156%;
  • New orders totaled $2.4 billion, up 11% from 2013, primarily due to higher demand within the aerospace and naval defense markets, as well as the contribution from acquisitions; and Backlog grew to approximately $1.67 billion, up 5% from December 31, 2013.

"We were pleased with our fourth quarter results as we continue to drive solid operating margin expansion and free cash flow generation that produced $0.94 in diluted earnings per share and free cash flow conversion of 360%," said David C. Adams, Chairman and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. "Our full-year 2014 results reflect robust improvements in operating income, operating margin, diluted EPS and free cash flow, and are a testament to all that we have accomplished under the first year of the 'One Curtiss-Wright' vision. Full-year operating margin of 12.6% represents a one-year increase of more than 300 basis points over 2013 reported results.

"We are delivering on our long-term strategy and have made great strides in our pursuit of upper quartile metrics compared to our peer group. Our operational teams remain intensely focused on driving efficiencies throughout the business, enabling CW to become leaner and more profitable, while also increasing our long-term value to customers and shareholders. As a result, we are forecasting operating margin of 13.3% to 13.4%, diluted EPS of $3.80 to $3.90, and free cash flow of $245 to $265 million in 2015.

"Furthermore, following the Board's re-initiation of our share repurchase program in early 2014 and our commitment to a balanced capital allocation strategy, we returned more than $90 million to our shareholders through consistent share repurchases and dividend distributions in 2014. For 2015, we are actively repurchasing shares under our new buyback program and expect to repurchase at least $200 million this year.

"Overall, we remain dedicated to enhancing shareholder value by improving profitability, generating strong free cash flow and maintaining a balanced capital allocation strategy."

Fourth Quarter 2014 Operating Results from Continuing Operations

(In thousands) 4Q-2014 4Q-2013 % Change
Sales $ 572,586 $ 588,167 (3%)
Operating income 74,931 71,529 5%
Operating margin 13.1% 12.2% 90 bps

Sales

Sales of $573 million in the fourth quarter decreased $16 million, or 3%, compared to the prior year period, primarily driven by lower organic growth in the Defense segment, partially offset by gains in the Commercial/Industrial and Energy segments.

From a market perspective, fourth quarter sales to the commercial markets decreased 2% compared to the prior year period, while sales to the defense markets decreased approximately 5%. Please refer to the table on page 10 for a full breakdown of sales by end market.

Operating Income

Operating income in the fourth quarter was $75 million, an increase of 5% compared to the prior year period, primarily driven by solid organic growth (excluding effects of foreign currency translation, acquisitions and divestitures) in the Commercial/Industrial and Energy segments and reduced corporate expenses.

Operating margin was 13.1%, an increase of 90 basis points over the prior year period reflecting higher operating income in the Commercial/Industrial and Energy segments. Our results continue to reflect the ongoing margin improvement initiatives benefiting each of our segments, which included lower corporate costs resulting primarily from our organizational realignment.

Non-segment operating expense

Non-segment costs were lower by $8 million as compared with the prior year period, primarily due to lower pension costs and other corporate expenses in the current quarter.

Net Earnings

Fourth quarter net earnings increased 3% from the comparable prior year period. Interest expense of approximately $9 million decreased slightly compared to the prior year period, primarily due to lower average debt levels. Our effective tax rate for the current quarter was 30.8%, an increase from 28.3% in the prior year period, which had benefitted from favorable adjustments to certain tax valuation allowances and state tax return filing true-ups.

Free Cash Flow

(In thousands) 4Q-2014 4Q-2013
Net cash generated from operating activities $ 178,593 $ 103,441
Capital expenditures (12,635) (14,366)
Free cash flow $ 165,958 $ 89,075

Free cash flow was $166 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $89 million in the prior year period, or an increase of approximately $77 million. Net cash generated from operating activities increased by $75 million from the prior year period primarily due improvements in working capital as it relates to cash collections and the timing of vendor payments. Capital expenditures of $13 million were more than $1 million lower than the prior year period. Free cash flow is defined as cash flow from operations less capital expenditures.

Other Items – Update on Discontinued Operations

During the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company completed the previously announced sale of its upstream oil and gas business (Cimarron) for $100 million in cash.

In addition, during the first quarter of 2015, the Company completed the sale of its aviation ground support equipment business (Douglas) serving the commercial aerospace market for approximately $5 million in cash.

Other Items – Share Repurchase

The Company repurchased approximately 301,000 and 975,500 shares of its common stock during the fourth quarter and year-to-date periods, for approximately $21 million and $65 million, respectively.

Beginning in January 2015, the Company began to repurchase shares under its previously announced $200 million share repurchase program, which it expects to complete by year-end.

Other Items – Segment Realignment

As a result of the previously announced discontinued operations, the Corporation is realigning certain segments and businesses, as follows:

  • The Energy segment will be renamed as the Power segment.
  • The businesses serving the nuclear naval defense and new build (AP1000) power generation markets, which had previously operated within the Defense segment, will join with the Nuclear aftermarket business in the new Power segment.
  • The remaining Oil and Gas businesses, which had previously operated within the Energy segment, will join the Commercial / Industrial segment, specifically the industrial valves group of companies. As a result, all of our industrial and severe service valve businesses will operate within a single division.
  • The Defense segment will be comprised primarily of the electronics businesses serving the aerospace and ground defense markets.
  • Historical financial results in the new segment structure for 2014 and 2013 periods can be found on page 13 in this release and will be downloadable from the Investor Relations section of our website.

Full-Year 2015 Guidance

The Company is issuing full-year 2015 financial guidance as follows:

2015 Guidance Chg vs. 2014
Total sales $2.28 - $2.33 billion 2% - 4%
Operating income $303 - $312 million 7% - 10%
Operating margin 13.3% - 13.4% + 70 - 80 bps
Interest expense $37 - 38 million
Effective tax rate ~32%
Diluted earnings per share $3.80 - $3.90 10% - 13%
Diluted shares outstanding 47.8 million
Free cash flow $100 - $120 million
Adjusted free cash flow * $245 - $265 million

Notes: A more detailed breakdown of our 2015 guidance by segment and by market can be found in the attached accompanying schedules.

Effective January 30, 2015, Curtiss-Wright elected to make a $145 million contribution to its corporate defined benefit pension plan, which will significantly reduce annual pension expense and annual cash contributions going forward.

*Adjusted free cash flow excludes the aforementioned pension contribution of $145 million.

Fourth Quarter 2014 Segment Performance

Commercial/Industrial

(In thousands) 4Q-2014 4Q-2013 % Change
Sales $ 265,462 $ 254,590 4%
Operating income 35,743 28,992 23%
Operating margin 13.5% 11.4% 210 bps

Sales for the fourth quarter were approximately $265 million, an increase of $11 million, or 4%, over the comparable prior year period. Within the commercial aerospace market, higher sales were driven by the ramp up in OEM production rates, particularly on the Boeing 737 and 787 programs, as well as solid demand for our sensors and controls products. Higher industrial valve sales to the naval defense market were partially offset by lower sales of shot peening and engineered coatings services to the automotive industry within the general industrial market. The 2014 acquisition of CCRS contributed approximately $3 million to sales in the current quarter, primarily related to coating and repair services for industrial gas turbines in the power generation market, which was offset by $3 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation.

Operating income in the fourth quarter was $36 million, an increase of $7 million, or 23%, from the comparable prior year period, while operating margin increased 210 basis points to 13.5%. The improvement in operating income and operating margin was driven by higher sales volumes related to industrial valve products, surface treatment services and industrial vehicle products, as well as improved profitability resulting from our ongoing margin improvement initiatives.

Defense

(In thousands) 4Q-2014 4Q-2013 % Change
Sales $ 199,658 $ 232,877 (14%)
Operating income 28,757 44,890 (36%)
Operating margin 14.4% 19.3% (490 bps)

Sales for the fourth quarter were approximately $200 million, a decrease of $33 million, or 14%, over the comparable prior year period. Within the defense markets, we experienced lower naval sales, primarily due to decreased production on the Ford-class aircraft carrier and DDG-51 destroyer programs, which more than offset higher sales of pumps and generators supporting the Virginia-class submarine program. Within the power generation market, our results primarily reflect lower revenues on the domestic and China AP1000 programs compared to the prior year period. We also experienced lower quarter-over-quarter revenues related to the licensing of certain non-strategic products within the commercial aerospace market.

Operating income in the fourth quarter was $29 million, a decrease of approximately $16 million, or 36%, compared to the prior year period, while operating margin declined 490 basis points to 14.4%. Our results were primarily impacted by an increase in costs on the AP1000 program as well as the reduced benefit of product licensing agreements. Those decreases were partially offset by the benefits of our ongoing margin improvement initiatives.

Energy

(In thousands) 4Q-2014 4Q-2013 % Change
Sales $ 107,466 $ 100,700 7%
Operating income 16,343 11,621 41%
Operating margin 15.2% 11.5% 370 bps

Sales for the fourth quarter were approximately $107 million, an increase of approximately $7 million, or 7%, compared to the prior year period. In the oil and gas market, higher sales were driven by strong global aftermarket demand for severe-service industrial and pressure relief valves. Within the power generation market, we experienced lower aftermarket sales supporting domestic nuclear operating reactors, as a result of ongoing deferred spending on maintenance and upgrades, which more than offset higher sales supporting international reactors.

Operating income in the fourth quarter was $16 million, a 41% increase from the comparable prior year period, while operating margin increased 370 basis points to 15.2%. This improvement in operating income and operating margin was primarily driven by higher sales volumes for severe-service valves in the oil and gas market as well as the benefit of our ongoing margin improvement initiatives.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call to discuss the fourth quarter and full-year 2014 financial results and expectations for 2015 guidance at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thursday, February 19, 2015. A live webcast of the call and the accompanying financial presentation will be made available on the internet by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.curtisswright.com.

(Tables to Follow)

CURTISS-WRIGHT CORPORATION and SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (UNAUDITED)
($'s in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31 Change December 31 Change
2014 2013 $ % 2014 2013 $ %
Product sales $ 463,902 $ 487,255 $ (23,353) (5%) $ 1,815,028 $ 1,719,591 $ 95,437 6%
Service sales 108,684 100,912 7,772 8% 428,098 398,490 29,608 7%
Total net sales 572,586 588,167 (15,581) (3%) 2,243,126 2,118,081 125,045 6%
Cost of product sales 300,663 313,342 (12,679) (4%) 1,190,714 1,123,291 67,423 6%
Cost of service sales 71,583 65,770 5,813 9% 275,896 258,951 16,945 7%
Total cost of sales 372,246 379,112 (6,866) (2%) 1,466,610 1,382,242 84,368 6%
Gross profit 200,340 209,055 (8,715) (4%) 776,516 735,839 40,677 6%
Research and development expenses 16,692 18,185 (1,493) (8%) 67,842 63,580 4,262 7%
Selling expenses 32,665 33,368 (703) (2%) 128,005 128,473 (468) (0%)
General and administrative expenses 76,052 85,973 (9,921) (12%) 298,296 306,663 (8,367) (3%)
Operating income 74,931 71,529 3,402 5% 282,373 237,123 45,250 19%
Interest expense (8,740) (9,352) 612 7% (35,794) (37,053) 1,259 3%
Other income, net 435 144 291 NM 365 980 (615) NM
Earnings before income taxes 66,626 62,321 4,305 7% 246,944 201,050 45,894 23%
Provision for income taxes 20,494 17,621 2,873 16% 76,995 61,646 15,349 25%
Earnings from continuing operations $ 46,132 $ 44,700 $ 1,432 3% $ 169,949 $ 139,404 $ 30,545 22%
Gain (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax $ (29,382) $ 2,607 $ (31,989) NM $ (56,611) $ (1,423) $ (55,188) NM
Net earnings $ 16,750 $ 47,307 $ (30,557) (65%) $ 113,338 $ 137,981 $ (24,643) (18%)
Basic earnings per share
Earnings from continuing operations $ 0.96 $ 0.95 $ 3.54 $ 2.97
Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations (0.61) 0.05 (1.18) (0.03)
Total $ 0.35 $ 1.00 $ 2.36 $ 2.94
Diluted earnings per share
Earnings from continuing operations $ 0.94 $ 0.92 $ 3.46 $ 2.91
Earnings (loss) from discontinued operations (0.60) 0.05 (1.15) (0.03)
Total $ 0.34 $ 0.97 $ 2.31 $ 2.88
Dividends per share $ 0.13 $ 0.10 $ 0.52 $ 0.39
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 47,927 47,443 48,019 46,991
Diluted 48,905 48,591 49,075 47,912
NM- not meaningful
CURTISS-WRIGHT CORPORATION and SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)
($'s In thousands, except par value)
December 31, December 31, Change
2014 2013 %
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 450,116 $ 175,294 157%
Receivables, net 495,480 603,592 (18%)
Inventories, net 388,670 452,087 (14%)
Deferred tax assets, net 44,311 47,650 (7%)
Assets held for sale 147,347 -- NM
Other current assets 45,151 58,660 (23%)
Total current assets 1,571,075 1,337,283 17%
Property, plant, and equipment, net 458,919 515,718 (11%)
Goodwill 998,506 1,110,429 (10%)
Other intangible assets, net 349,227 471,379 (26%)
Other assets 21,784 23,465 (7%)
Total assets $ 3,399,511 $ 3,458,274 (2%)
Liabilities
Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term and short term debt $ 1,069 $ 1,334 (20%)
Accounts payable 152,266 186,941 (19%)
Accrued expenses 145,938 142,935 2%
Income taxes payable 22,472 789 2748%
Deferred revenue 176,693 164,343 8%
Liabilities held for sale 35,392 -- NM
Other current liabilities 38,163 38,251 (0%)
Total current liabilities 571,993 534,593 7%
Long-term debt 953,279 958,604 (1%)
Deferred tax liabilities, net 51,554 123,644 (58%)
Accrued pension and other postretirement benefit costs 226,687 138,904 63%
Long-term portion of environmental reserves 14,911 15,498 (4%)
Other liabilities 102,654 134,326 (24%)
Total liabilities 1,921,078 1,905,569 1%
Stockholders' equity
Common stock, $1 par value 49,190 49,190 0%
Additional paid in capital 158,043 150,618 5%
Retained earnings 1,469,306 1,380,981 6%
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (128,411) 25,259 NM
Less: cost of treasury stock (69,695) (53,343) 31%
Total stockholders' equity 1,478,433 1,552,705 (5%)
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 3,399,511 $ 3,458,274 (2%)
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CURTISS-WRIGHT CORPORATION and SUBSIDIARIES
SEGMENT INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)
($'s In thousands)
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December December
Change Change
2014 2013 % 2014 2013 %
Sales:
Commercial/Industrial $ 265,462 $ 254,590 4% $ 1,074,772 $ 950,698 13%
Defense 199,658 232,877 (14%) 737,566 767,499 (4%)
Energy 107,466 100,700 7% 430,788 399,884 8%
Total sales $ 572,586 $ 588,167 (3%) $ 2,243,126 $ 2,118,081 6%
Operating income (expense):
Commercial/Industrial $ 35,743 $ 28,992 23% $ 142,831 $ 105,245 36%
Defense 28,757 44,890 (36%) 102,252 116,618 (12%)
Energy 16,343 11,621 41% 67,602 57,204 18%
Total segments $ 80,843 $ 85,503 (5%) $ 312,685 $ 279,067 12%
Corporate and other (5,912) (13,974) 58% (30,312) (41,944) 28%
Total operating income $ 74,931 $ 71,529 5% $ 282,373 $ 237,123 19%
Operating margins:
Commercial/Industrial 13.5% 11.4% 13.3% 11.1%
Defense 14.4% 19.3% 13.9% 15.2%
Energy 15.2% 11.5% 15.7% 14.3%
Total Curtiss-Wright 13.1% 12.2% 12.6% 11.2%
Segment margins 14.1% 14.5% 13.9% 13.2%
CURTISS-WRIGHT CORPORATION and SUBSIDIARIES
SALES BY END MARKET (UNAUDITED)
($'s In thousands)
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31, December 31,
Change Change
2014 2013 % 2014 2013 %
Defense markets:
Aerospace $ 83,811 $ 81,628 3% $ 285,576 $ 262,914 9%
Ground 18,739 21,215 (12%) 74,066 80,064 (7%)
Naval 100,054 107,996 (7%) 381,336 370,748 3%
Other 2,406 4,107 (41%) 8,612 16,370 (47%)
Total Defense $ 205,010 $ 214,946 (5%) $ 749,590 $ 730,096 3%
Commercial markets:
Commercial Aerospace $ 105,874 $ 109,519 (3%) $ 428,083 $ 398,870 7%
Oil and Gas 52,423 45,971 14% 232,360 186,638 24%
Power Generation 111,094 119,572 (7%) 427,460 461,574 (7%)
General Industrial 98,185 98,159 0% 405,633 340,903 19%
Total Commercial $ 367,576 $ 373,221 (2%) $ 1,493,536 $ 1,387,985 8%
Total Curtiss-Wright $ 572,586 $ 588,167 (3%) $ 2,243,126 $ 2,118,081 6%

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

The Corporation supplements our financial information determined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) with certain non-GAAP financial information. We believe that these non-GAAP measures provide investors with additional insight into the company's ongoing business performance. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures, and other companies may define such measures differently. We encourage investors to review our financial statements and publicly-filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure. The following definitions are provided:

Organic Revenue and Organic Operating income

The Corporation discloses organic revenue and organic operating income because the Corporation believes it provides investors with insight as to the Company's ongoing business performance. Organic revenue and organic operating income are defined as revenue and operating income excluding the impact of foreign currency fluctuations and contributions from acquisitions made during the last twelve months.

Three Months Ended
2014 vs 2013
Commercial Defense Energy Total Curtiss-Wright
Sales Operating
income
Sales Operating
income
Sales Operating
income
Sales Operating
income
Organic 4% 25% (13%) (39%) 3% 36% (3%) 2%
Acquisitions 1% 1% 0% 0% 4% 2% 1% 1%
Foreign Currency (1%) (3%) (1%) 3% (0%) 3% (1%) 2%
Total 4% 23% (14%) (36%) 7% 41% (3%) 5%
Year Ended
2014 vs 2013
Commercial Defense Energy Total Curtiss-Wright
Sales Operating
income
Sales Operating
income
Sales Operating
income
Sales Operating
income
Organic 6% 32% (6%) (18%) 6% 17% 2% 14%
Acquisitions 7% 5% 2% 3% 2% (1%) 4% 3%
Foreign Currency 0% (1%) (0%) 3% (0%) 2% 0% 2%
Total 13% 36% (4%) (12%) 8% 18% 6% 19%

Free Cash Flow

The Corporation discloses free cash flow because the Corporation believes it measures cash flow available for investing and financing activities. Free cash flow is defined as net cash flow provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. Free cash flow represents cash generated after paying for interest on borrowings, income taxes, capital expenditures, and working capital requirements, but before repaying outstanding debt and investing cash or utilizing debt credit lines to acquire businesses and make other strategic investments.

CURTISS-WRIGHT CORPORATION and SUBSIDIARIES
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED)
($'s In thousands)
Three Months Ended Year Ended
December 31 December 31
2014 2013 2014 2013
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 178,593 $ 103,441 $ 331,766 $ 237,827
Capital expenditures (12,635) (14,366) (67,115) (72,242)
Free cash flow $ 165,958 $ 89,075 $ 264,651 $ 165,585
Cash conversion * 360% 199% 156% 119%
*Cash conversion is calculated as free cash flow divided by earnings from continuing operations
CURTISS-WRIGHT CORPORATION and SUBSIDIARIES
HISTORICAL SEGMENT INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)
($'s In thousands)
The Corporation is issuing the below supplemental financial information by reportable segment for the 2014 and 2013 prior quarterly reporting periods to reflect the Corporation's first quarter 2015 segment reorganization.
Three Months Ended
3/31/2014 6/30/2014 9/30/2014 12/31/2014 FY 2014
Sales:
Commercial/Industrial $ 300,953 $ 313,798 $ 312,808 $ 300,538 $ 1,228,097
Defense 112,371 118,507 127,061 131,918 489,857
Power 129,635 136,893 118,514 140,130 525,172
Total sales $ 542,959 $ 569,198 $ 558,383 $ 572,586 $ 2,243,126
Operating income:
Commercial/Industrial $ 38,496 $ 45,750 $ 51,069 $ 43,369 $ 178,684
Defense 15,784 18,002 22,480 26,286 82,552
Power 14,275 14,865 11,121 11,188 51,449
Total segments $ 68,555 $ 78,617 $ 84,670 $ 80,843 $ 312,685
Corporate and other (7,521) (6,458) (10,421) (5,912) (30,312)
Total operating income $ 61,034 $ 72,159 $ 74,249 $ 74,931 $ 282,373
Operating margins:
Commercial/Industrial 12.8% 14.6% 16.3% 14.4% 14.5%
Defense 14.0% 15.2% 17.7% 19.9% 16.9%
Power 11.0% 10.9% 9.4% 8.0% 9.8%
Total Curtiss-Wright 11.2% 12.7% 13.3% 13.1% 12.6%
Segment margins 12.6% 13.8% 15.2% 14.1% 13.9%
Three Months Ended
3/31/2013 6/30/2013 9/30/2013 12/31/2013 FY 2013
Sales:
Commercial/Industrial $ 249,204 $ 272,829 $ 272,678 $ 281,386 $ 1,076,097
Defense 108,060 113,385 105,760 153,023 480,228
Power 137,131 137,925 132,942 153,758 561,756
Total sales $ 494,395 $ 524,139 $ 511,380 $ 588,167 $ 2,118,081
Operating income:
Commercial/Industrial $ 25,304 $ 33,556 $ 39,019 $ 33,426 $ 131,305
Defense 8,266 19,078 18,637 28,379 74,360
Power 16,924 18,435 14,345 23,698 73,402
Total segments $ 50,494 $ 71,069 $ 72,001 $ 85,503 $ 279,067
Corporate and other (9,755) (12,077) (6,138) (13,974) (41,944)
Total operating income $ 40,739 $ 58,992 $ 65,863 $ 71,529 $ 237,123
Operating margins:
Commercial/Industrial 10.2% 12.3% 14.3% 11.9% 12.2%
Defense 7.6% 16.8% 17.6% 18.5% 15.5%
Power 12.3% 13.4% 10.8% 15.4% 13.1%
Total Curtiss-Wright 8.2% 11.3% 12.9% 12.2% 11.2%
Segment margins 10.2% 13.6% 14.1% 14.5% 13.2%
CURTISS-WRIGHT CORPORATION
2015 Earnings Guidance (from Continuing Operations)
As of February 18, 2015
($'s in millions, except per share data)
2014 Pro 2015 Guidance
Forma Low High
Sales:
Commercial/Industrial $ 1,228 $ 1,265 $ 1,285
Defense 490 500 515
Power 525 515 530
Total sales $ 2,243 $ 2,280 $ 2,330
Operating income:
Commercial/Industrial $ 179 $ 188 191
Defense 83 90 93
Power 51 59 61
Total segments 313 337 345
Corporate and other (30) (33) (33)
Total operating income $ 282 $ 303 $ 312
Interest expense $ (36) $ (37) $ (38)
Earnings before income taxes 247 267 274
Provision for income taxes (77) (85) (88)
Net earnings $ 170 $ 181 $ 187
Reported diluted earnings per share $ 3.46 $ 3.80 $ 3.90
Diluted shares outstanding 49.0 47.8 47.8
Effective tax rate 31.2% 32.0% 32.0%
Operating margins:
Commercial/Industrial 14.5% 14.8% 14.9%
Defense 16.9% 18.0% 18.1%
Power 9.8% 11.4% 11.5%
Note: Full year amounts may not add due to rounding
* Information has been revised from that previously presented to reflect segment change announced in first quarter 2015.
CURTISS-WRIGHT CORPORATION
2015 Sales Guidance by End Market (from Continuing Operations)
As of February 18, 2015
2015 Guidance % Change
Low High
Defense Markets
Aerospace (2%) 2%
Ground 18% 22%
Navy (2%) 2%
Total Defense (Including Other Defense) 2% 4%
Commercial Markets
Commercial Aerospace (2%) 2%
Power Generation (2%) 2%
General Industrial 5% 9%
Total Commercial 2% 4%
Total Curtiss-Wright Sales 2% 4%
Note: Full year amounts may not add due to rounding

About Curtiss-Wright Corporation

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets. Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 9,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit www.curtisswright.com.

Certain statements made in this release, including statements about future revenue, financial performance guidance, quarterly and annual revenue, net income, operating income growth, future business opportunities, cost saving initiatives, the successful integration of our acquisitions, the successful sale of our businesses held for sale, and future cash flow from operations, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements present management's expectations, beliefs, plans and objectives regarding future financial performance, and assumptions or judgments concerning such performance. Any discussions contained in this press release, except to the extent that they contain historical facts, are forward-looking and accordingly involve estimates, assumptions, judgments and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: a reduction in anticipated orders; an economic downturn; changes in competitive marketplace and/or customer requirements; a change in government spending; an inability to perform customer contracts at anticipated cost levels; and other factors that generally affect the business of aerospace, defense contracting, electronics, marine, and industrial companies. Such factors are detailed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, and subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

This press release and additional information are available at www.curtisswright.com.

CONTACT: Jim Ryan (973) 541-3766 Jim.Ryan@curtisswright.com

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