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Astronics Corporation Reports 2017 Second Quarter Financial Results

EAST AURORA, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 2, 2017-- Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading supplier of advanced technologies and products to the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, today reported financial results for the three and six months ended July 1, 2017. Earnings per share for prior periods are adjusted for the 3 for 20 (15%) distribution of Class B Stock for shareholders of record on October 11, 2016. Results include the acquisition of Custom Control Concepts (“CCC”) on April 3, 2017.

         
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended

July 1, 2017

   

July 2, 2016

   

% Change

July 1, 2017

   

July 2, 2016

   

% Change

 
Sales $ 151,114 $ 164,426 (8.1)% $ 303,510 $ 323,956 (6.3 )%
Gross profit $ 34,150 $ 44,835 (23.8)% $ 72,467 $ 84,318 (14.1 )%
Gross margin 22.6 % 27.3 % 23.9 % 26.0 %
SG&A $ 22,401 $ 22,224 0.8% $ 44,094 $ 44,108 0.0 %
SG&A percent of sales 14.8 % 13.5 % 14.5 % 13.6 %
Income from Operations $ 11,749 $ 22,611 (48.0)% $ 28,373 $ 40,210 (29.4 )%
Operating margin % 7.8 % 13.8 % 9.3 % 12.4 %
Net Income $ 7,685 $ 14,980 (48.7)% $ 19,272 $ 26,465 (27.2 )%
Net Income % 5.1 % 9.1 % 6.3 % 8.2 %
 

Peter J. Gundermann, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our second quarter was disappointing as a result of continued slippage of programs into the future, but we remain enthusiastic with the significance of these opportunities for when they do come to fruition. For our Aerospace segment, the lull in power and motion sales has continued, even as quoting activity remains robust, and our ambitions for business jet connectivity have not materialized as quickly as we expected. Similarly, although we have received orders for our legacy semiconductor test solution, some significant new programs we have been pursuing in our Test business are now taking longer than anticipated, somewhat reducing our 2017 expectations. However, none of this impacts our confidence in our leading market positions or strategy, and despite current conditions we have solid prospects for 2018 and beyond."

Consolidated Review

Second Quarter 2017 Results

Consolidated sales were down $13.3 million from the same period last year. Aerospace segment sales of $129.5 million were down $13.0 million and Test Systems segment sales of $21.6 million were essentially flat, down $0.3 million.

Consolidated gross margin was 22.6% in the second quarter of 2017 compared with 27.3% in the second quarter of 2016. Consolidated gross margin was negatively affected by lower organic sales volumes coupled with the CCC acquisition having a significantly lower margin profile at this point in its business cycle, compared with the organic business. Organic Engineering and Development (“E&D”) costs were $21.7 million in the quarter, up from $21.4 million of E&D costs in last year’s second quarter. As a percent of sales, organic E&D costs were 14.4% and 13.0% in the second quarters of 2017 and 2016, respectively. CCC incurred E&D costs of $1.2 million since its acquisition.

Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $22.4 million, or 14.8% of sales, in the second quarter of 2017 compared with $22.2 million, or 13.5% of sales, in the same period last year.

The effective tax rate for the quarter was 27.3%, compared with 30.5% in the second quarter of 2016. The 2017 second quarter tax rate was favorably impacted by the federal research and development tax credit.

Net income was $7.7 million, or $0.26 cents per diluted share.

Year-to-Date 2017 Results

Consolidated sales for the first six months of 2017 decreased by $20.4 million, or 6.3%, to $303.5 million. Aerospace segment sales were down $14.4 million, or 5.1% year-over-year to $266.4 million, while Test Systems segment sales were down $6.0 million, or 13.9% to $37.1 million.

Consolidated gross margin was 23.9% in the first six months of 2017 compared with 26.0% in the first six months of 2016. Consolidated gross margin was negatively affected by lower organic sales volumes coupled with CCC's lower margin profile. Organic E&D costs were 14.7% of sales, or $44.6 million, compared with $44.6 million, or 13.8% of sales, in the prior year’s first six months. SG&A expenses were $44.1 million, or 14.5% of sales, in the first six months of 2017 compared with $44.1 million, or 13.6% of sales, in the same period last year.

The effective tax rate for the first six months of 2017 was 26.0%, compared with 30.5% in the first six months of 2016. The tax rate in the first six months of 2017 was favorably impacted by excess tax benefits associated with employee share-based compensation, decreases in foreign tax rates, and the federal research and development tax credit.

Net income for the first half of 2017 totaled $19.3 million, or $0.64 per diluted share.

During the second quarter, the Company repurchased approximately 302,000 shares at an aggregate cost of $9.1 million under its share repurchase program. Since the inception of the program in February 2016, the Company has repurchased approximately 973,000 shares at an aggregate cost of $31.1 million.

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

Aerospace Second Quarter 2017 Results

Aerospace segment sales decreased by $13.0 million, or 9.1%, when compared with the prior year’s second quarter to $129.5 million. CCC contributed $3.5 million in sales in the 2017 second quarter.

Electrical Power & Motion sales decreased $13.0 million, or 17.2%, due to lower sales of in-seat and cabin power products. Systems Certification sales decreased by $2.6 million on lower project activity. Avionics sales were up $1.6 million and included the CCC acquisition which more than offset lower antennae sales.

Aerospace operating profit for the second quarter of 2017 was $14.0 million, or 10.8% of sales, compared with $24.9 million, or 17.4% of sales, in the same period last year. Aerospace operating profit was negatively impacted by lower organic sales, $0.9 million operating loss from the CCC acquisition and increased organic E&D costs. Organic Aerospace E&D costs were $19.8 million compared with $19.0 million in the same period last year. CCC incurred E&D costs of $1.2 million during the quarter.

Aerospace orders in the second quarter of 2017 were $134.8 million, for a book-to-bill ratio of 1.04 for the quarter. Backlog was $215.6 million at the end of the second quarter of 2017.

Aerospace Year-to-Date 2017 Results

Aerospace segment sales decreased by $14.4 million, or 5.1%, when compared with the prior year’s first six months to $266.4 million.

Electrical Power & Motion sales decreased $15.9 million, or 10.5%, and Systems Certifications sales decreased $5.0 million, both for similar reasons as in the quarter. These declines were partially offset by $3.3 million higher Avionics sales related to the CCC acquisition, as well as a $2.7 million increase in sales of Lighting and Safety products.

Aerospace operating profit for the first six months of 2017 was $33.7 million, or 12.7% of sales, compared with $43.5 million, or 15.5% of sales, in the same period last year. Aerospace operating profit was negatively impacted by lower sales volumes and the operating loss from the acquired CCC business. E&D costs for Aerospace were $41.3 million (inclusive of $1.2 million related to the acquired CCC business) and $39.4 million in the first six months of 2017 and 2016, respectively. Aerospace SG&A expense remained consistent at $31.1 million in the first six months of 2017 as compared with 2016.

Mr. Gundermann commented, “We continue to enjoy leading market positions for key product areas in our Aerospace segment. However, our results have been impacted by program timing, comparatively slower wide body retrofit and new build activity, combined with delayed decisions regarding passenger entertainment options. Quoting activity remains very healthy however, and we consider our prospects substantial and wide-ranging. Even so, it looks increasingly like these issues will continue to pose a challenge for our Aerospace business for the remainder of 2017, though feedback from the market suggests that 2018 could be quite strong.”

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

Test Systems Second Quarter 2017 Results

Sales in the second quarter of 2017 decreased approximately $0.3 million to $21.6 million compared with the same period in 2016, a decrease of 1.6%. Sales to the Semiconductor market decreased $2.8 million and sales to the Aerospace and Defense market increased $2.5 million compared with the same period in 2016.

Operating profit was $1.4 million, or 6.6% of sales, compared with $1.1 million, or 4.9% of sales, in last year’s second quarter. E&D costs were $2.0 million, down from $2.4 million in the second quarter of 2016. Test Systems SG&A expense decreased to $2.9 million in the second quarter of 2017 compared with $3.2 million in the same period last year.

Orders for the Test Systems segment in the quarter were $23.9 million, for a book-to-bill ratio of 1.11 for the quarter. Backlog was $49.9 million at the end of the second quarter of 2017.

Test Systems Year-to-Date 2017 Results

Sales in the first six months of 2017 decreased 13.9% to $37.1 million compared with sales of $43.1 million for the same period in 2016, due to lower sales to the Semiconductor market. Sales to the Semiconductor market decreased $5.3 million compared with the same period in 2016.

Operating profit was $1.8 million, or 4.7% of sales, compared with $3.3 million, or 7.6% of sales, in the first six months of 2016. E&D costs were $4.5 million in the first six months of 2017 compared with $5.3 million in the prior year period. SG&A costs declined to $5.9 million in the first six months of 2017 compared with $6.4 million in the same period in 2016.

Mr. Gundermann commented, “We continue to work towards a set of promising programs in both sides of our Test business, but program schedule delays have hurt our 2017 prospects. Still, we expect substantial awards in the second half of 2017 setting up for a solid 2018.”

2017 Outlook

Consolidated sales in 2017 are forecasted to be in the range of $625 million to $645 million, which represents a decline from the previous guidance. Approximately $535 million to $550 million of revenue is expected from the Aerospace segment. Expected revenue for the Test Systems segment was tightened to a range of $90 million to $95 million.

Consolidated backlog at July 1, 2017 was $265.6 million, of which approximately $204.6 million is expected to ship in 2017.

The effective tax rate for 2017 is expected to be in the range of 28% to 31%.

Capital equipment spending in 2017 is expected to be in the range of $21 million to $25 million.

E&D costs are expected to be in the range of $96 million to $99 million including CCC.

Mr. Gundermann concluded, “Our product positions continue to be strong and we enjoy solid relationships with our customers. However, our 2017 expectations have weakened based on feedback from customers regarding timing with anticipated demand. We still expect the second half of the year to be stronger than the first half, but not as strong as we had originally envisioned. The program delays which have moved revenue expectations out of 2017 help build confidence in a stronger 2018. Our focus is to optimize our 2017 results while executing on those opportunities for the future, providing a path to continued growth.”

Second Quarter 2017 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 (412) 317-6671 and enter conference ID number 13666375. The telephonic replay will be available from 2:00 p.m. on the day of the call through Wednesday, August 9, 2017. A transcript will also be posted to the Company’s Web site once available.

About Astronics Corporation
Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO) is a leading supplier of advanced technologies and products to the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries. Astronics’ products and services include advanced, high-performance electrical power generation and distribution systems, seat motion solutions, lighting and safety systems, avionics products, aircraft structures, systems certification and automated test systems. Astronics’ strategy is to increase its value by developing technologies and capabilities, either internally or through acquisition, and using those capabilities to provide innovative solutions to its targeted markets and other markets where its technology can be beneficial. Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Astronics 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 Web site 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 from what may be stated here include the state of the aerospace, defense, consumer electronics and semiconductor industries, the market acceptance of newly developed products, internal production capabilities, the timing of orders received, the status of customer certification processes and delivery schedules, the demand for and market acceptance of new or existing aircraft which contain the Company’s products, the need for new and advanced test and simulation equipment, 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

 
 
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CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT DATA

(Unaudited, $ in thousands except per share data)
         

 

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
7/1/2017     7/2/2016 7/1/2017     7/2/2016
Sales $ 151,114     $ 164,426 $ 303,510     $ 323,956
Cost of products sold 116,964       119,591   231,043       239,638  
Gross profit 34,150 44,835 72,467 84,318
Gross margin 22.6 % 27.3 % 23.9 % 26.0 %
 
Selling, general and administrative 22,401 22,224 44,094 44,108
SG&A % of sales 14.8 %     13.5 % 14.5 %     13.6 %
Income from operations 11,749 22,611 28,373 40,210
Operating margin 7.8 % 13.8 % 9.3 % 12.4 %
 
Interest expense, net 1,180       1,056   2,313       2,143  
Income before tax 10,569 21,555 26,060 38,067
Income tax expense 2,884       6,575   6,788       11,602  
Net income $ 7,685       $ 14,980   $ 19,272       $ 26,465  
Net income % of sales 5.1 % 9.1 % 6.3 % 8.2 %
 
 
*Basic earnings per share: $ 0.27 $ 0.51 $ 0.66 $ 0.90
*Diluted earnings per share: $ 0.26 $ 0.50 $ 0.64 $ 0.87
 

*Weighted average diluted shares outstanding (in thousands)

 

30,089 30,226 30,135 30,290
 
Capital expenditures $ 2,983 $ 3,726 $ 5,750 $ 6,176
Depreciation and amortization $ 6,289 $ 6,600 $ 12,587 $ 13,146
 

*July 2, 2016 share quantities and per-share data have been restated to reflect the impact of the fifteen percent Class B stock distribution to shareholders of record on October 11, 2016.

 
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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA

($ in thousands)
      (unaudited)    
7/1/2017     12/31/2016

ASSETS

Cash and cash equivalents $ 8,268 $ 17,901
Accounts receivable and uncompleted contracts 120,380 109,415
Inventories 134,423 116,597
Other current assets 14,444 11,160
Property, plant and equipment, net 122,646 122,812
Other long-term assets 15,738 13,149
Intangible assets, net 94,364 98,103
Goodwill 117,565     115,207
Total assets $ 627,828       $ 604,344
 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current maturities of long term debt $ 2,651 $ 2,636
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 61,344 60,756
Customer advances and deferred revenue 20,095 23,168
Long-term debt 160,315 145,484
Other liabilities 35,700 34,851
Shareholders' equity 347,723     337,449
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 627,828       $ 604,344
 
 
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Segment Data

(Unaudited, $ in thousands)

 

      Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
7/1/2017     7/2/2016     7/1/2017     7/2/2016
Sales            
Aerospace $ 129,547 $ 142,528 $ 266,374 $ 281,177
Less Inter-segment       (27 )           (367 )
Total Aerospace 129,547 142,501 266,374 280,810
 
Total Test Systems 21,567       21,925       37,136       43,146  
Total consolidated sales 151,114       164,426       303,510       323,956  
 
Operating profit and margins
Aerospace 13,984 24,851 33,738 43,542
10.8 % 17.4 % 12.7 % 15.5 %
Test Systems 1,432 1,074 1,750 3,284
6.6 %     4.9 %     4.7 %     7.6 %
Total operating profit 15,416 25,925 35,488 46,826
 
 
Interest expense 1,180 1,056 2,313 2,143
Corporate expenses and other 3,667       3,314       7,115       6,616  
Income before taxes $ 10,569       $ 21,555       $ 26,060       $ 38,067  
 
 
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SALES BY MARKET

(Unaudited, $ in thousands)
             

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

7/1/2017

   

7/2/2016

   

% change

7/1/2017

   

7/2/2016

   

% change

2017 YTD

Aerospace Segment
Commercial Transport $ 98,355 $ 116,423 -15.5 % $ 208,079 $ 229,818 -9.5 % 68.5 %
Military 15,785 13,973 13.0 % 30,931 26,254 17.8 % 10.2 %
Business Jet 10,716 7,707 39.0 % 18,251 14,232 28.2 % 6.0 %
Other 4,691     4,398     6.7 % 9,113     10,506     -13.3 %     3.0 %
Aerospace Total 129,547 142,501 -9.1 % 266,374 280,810 -5.1 % 87.7 %
 
Test Systems Segment
Semiconductor 7,080 9,848 -28.1 % 11,711 16,985 -31.1 % 3.9 %
Aerospace & Defense 14,487     12,077     20.0 % 25,425     26,161     -2.8 %     8.4 %
Test Systems Total 21,567     21,925     -1.6 % 37,136     43,146     -13.9 %     12.3 %
 
Total $ 151,114       $ 164,426       -8.1 % $ 303,510       $ 323,956       -6.3 %
 
 
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SALES BY PRODUCT LINE

(Unaudited, $ in thousands)
             

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

7/1/2017

   

7/2/2016

   

% change

7/1/2017

   

7/2/2016

   

% change

2017 YTD

 
Aerospace Segment
Electrical Power & Motion $ 62,597 $ 75,564 -17.2 % $ 135,040 $ 150,957 -10.5 % 44.6 %
Lighting & Safety 42,646 41,979 1.6 % 85,316 82,544 3.4 % 28.1 %
Avionics 10,940 9,344 17.1 % 20,076 16,818 19.4 % 6.6 %
Systems Certification 2,793 5,391 -48.2 % 4,952 9,997 -50.5 % 1.6 %
Structures 5,880 5,825 0.9 % 11,877 9,988 18.9 % 3.9 %
Other 4,691     4,398     6.7 % 9,113     10,506     -13.3 %     3.0 %
Aerospace Total 129,547 142,501 -9.1 % 266,374 280,810 -5.1 % 87.7 %
 
Test Systems 21,567     21,925     -1.6 % 37,136     43,146     -13.9 %     12.3 %
 
Total $ 151,114       $ 164,426       -8.1 % $ 303,510       $ 323,956       -6.3 %
 
 

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ORDER AND BACKLOG TREND

(Unaudited, $ in thousands)

     

Q3
2016

   

Q4
2016

   

Q1
2017

   

Q2
2017

   

Trailing
Twelve
Months

10/01/2016     12/31/2016     4/1/2017     7/1/2017     7/1/2017
Sales
Aerospace $ 125,179 $ 128,052 $ 136,827 $ 129,547 $ 519,605
Test Systems 29,920     26,016     15,569     21,567     93,072
Total Sales $ 155,099       $ 154,068       $ 152,396       $ 151,114       $ 612,677
 
Bookings
Aerospace $ 122,821 $ 113,756 $ 122,836 $ 134,822 $ 494,235
Test Systems 13,694     23,118     24,236     23,944     84,992
Total Bookings $ 136,515       $ 136,874       $ 147,072       $ 158,766       $ 579,227
 
Backlog*
Aerospace $ 233,442 $ 219,146 $ 205,155 $ 215,647
Test Systems 41,785     38,887     47,554     49,931      
Total Backlog $ 275,227       $ 258,033       $ 252,709       $ 265,578       N/A
 
Book:Bill Ratio
Aerospace 0.98 0.89 0.90 1.04 0.95
Test Systems 0.46     0.89     1.56     1.11     0.91
Total Book:Bill 0.88     0.89     0.97     1.05     0.95
 

* During the second quarter, acquisitions added backlog of approximately $5.2 million for the Aerospace segment.

Source: Astronics Corporation

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