Astronics Corporation Announces Delay in Reporting Fourth Quarter 2006 Financial Results


Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO) today announced that it will delay the release of its 2006 fourth quarter financial results that had been scheduled for today, and will also postpone the associated conference call.

The company is reviewing an arrangement with a single customer that may not meet the technical requirements for revenue recognition set forth by the SEC. At stake is approximately $3 million in revenue, which the company had expected to recognize as revenue in 2006, but may now recognize in 2007.

The customer in question routinely and regularly orders custom products from the company. When Astronics completes the orders the customer typically directs Astronics to hold the product for shipment at a later date, no later than six months. Regardless of the final ship date, the customer accepts invoices from Astronics when the product is completed and pays accordingly. Astronics and the customer consider title of the product to have transferred when Astronics finishes manufacturing it and issues an invoice.

Astronics believes that the substance of its revenue recognition practices in this situation are prudent and appropriate, and is seeking clarification from its auditors. It is also in the process of reviewing the impact this might have on previously reported quarterly earnings. A conference call with shareholders will be scheduled as soon as practicable to discuss the situation and 2006 financial results.


Astronics Corporation is a leading manufacturer of advanced, high-performance lighting and electrical power distribution systems for the global aerospace industry. Its strategy is to expand the value and content it provides to various aircraft platforms through product development and acquisition. Astronics Corporation, and its wholly-owned subsidiaries 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.

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Source: Astronics Corporation