Astronics Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2009 Results
Recent acquisition mostly offsets decline in organic sales Second quarter diluted earnings per share $0.18 vs. $0.48 per share in 2008 Generated $6.6 million in cash from operations in the quarter and $9.5 million year-to-date Delay in project awards result in reduction in 2009 revenue expectation to range of $200 million to $210 million
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 $47.0 million in the second quarter of 2009, which ended July 4, 2009, down 1.8% compared with sales of $47.9 million in the second quarter of 2008. Results for the 2009 quarter include DME Corporation, which was acquired by Astronics on January 30, 2009. For the 2009 six-month period, results include five-months of the financial results from operations of DME, reflecting the date of acquisition. Astronics' organic business, excluding the recent acquisition, had sales of $34.3 million for the second quarter of 2009, down 28% from the 2008 second quarter. The second quarter of 2008 was the strongest sales quarter in history for Astronics' organic business driven by exceptional cabin electronics sales.
Sales for the Company's Aerospace segment in the 2009 second quarter declined 20.2% to $38.2 million, while sales for the Test Systems segment, which represents a portion of the DME business acquired in January 2009, were $8.8 million.
Second quarter 2009 income before taxes of $2.7 million included other income of $0.9 million as a result of an adjustment to the estimated fair value of a promissory note payable that is contingent on DME achieving certain 2009 revenue. Net of tax, the adjustment was $0.6 million, or $0.05 per share. Net income in the second quarter of 2009 was $2.0 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, compared with $5.1 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, in the same period the prior year.
Peter J. Gundermann, President and Chief Executive Officer of Astronics commented, "Sales for our aerospace business were affected by continued weakness in the business jet market and delays in airline retrofit programs. We have had weaker than expected orders for our test systems business mostly due to delays on contract awards; although we believe that there should be some progress on this front. We have taken steps over the last three quarters to address the challenges we face in this environment, including a significant reduction in our headcount resulting in at least $6 million in annualized savings. Nonetheless, we see several opportunities for our engineering design capabilities and innovative products and continue to invest in our future."
Gross profit in the second quarter of 2009 was $8.7 million, or 18.6% of sales, compared with $12.1 million, or 25.3% of sales, in the second quarter of 2008. The contracted gross margin reflects lower sales volume in the organic business as well as low revenue levels for the acquired DME business. Included in the cost of goods sold was $6.4 million in engineering and development (E&D) costs which included $1.2 million associated with DME. E&D in last year's second quarter was $5.8 million.
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense was $6.4 million, or 13.7% of sales, in the second quarter of 2009, compared with $4.3 million, or 9.0% of sales, in last year's second quarter. Included in SG&A for the 2009 second quarter was approximately $2.0 million of DME SG&A, which includes amortization of intangible assets related to the acquisition of $0.8 million.
During the second quarter of 2009, Aerospace segment sales were $38.2 million, a decrease of $9.7 million, or 20.2%, from $47.9 million in the 2008 quarter. Organic aerospace sales declined by $13.6 million to $34.3 million. Recently acquired DME added $3.9 million to aerospace sales in the 2009 second quarter.
Sales to the commercial transport market declined $7.4 million, or 25.7%, compared with the 2008 second quarter as a result of reduced demand for cabin electronics systems, as global airlines have deferred spending for retrofit projects. Astronics cabin electronics products include the Company's EMPOWER(R) in-seat power product line used to enhance passengers' flying experience by powering their personal electronic devices and lap-top computers as well as aircraft in-flight entertainment systems. The Company believes that it is the leading provider of in-seat power to commercial airlines and airframe manufacturers.
Sales to the military market increased by $0.9 million, or 10.6%, to $9.9 million. Business jet market sales were off $4.8 million, or 47.1%, to $5.4 million due to reduced business jet production and the loss of revenue from the bankrupt Eclipse Aviation which totaled $3.5 million in last year's second quarter. Sales to the FAA/airport market, a new market added in 2009 as part of the acquired DME business, were $1.6 million in the second quarter of 2009.
Aerospace operating profit for the second quarter of 2009 was $3.7 million, or 9.7% of sales, compared with $8.6 million, or 18.0% of sales, in the same period last year. Margin contraction was primarily due to lower sales volume.
Mr. Gundermann noted, "Despite the dramatic downturn in business jet production and delays on commercial airline retrofit projects, we continue to develop new solutions with our customers for next generation aircraft that will be flying in the next two to three years. It's critical for our long-term growth to be involved in the best aircraft projects and earn the opportunity to participate. The majority of our engineering and development spending is on customer-specified projects. For example, content we are now providing to aircraft such as the Embraer Phenom and Cessna Mustang, which have been less severely impacted by the recession, is of higher value than our historical content, but both were in the design and development phase for several years before commercial production."
Sales in Astronics' Test Systems segment, acquired with DME, were $8.8 million in the second quarter of 2009. Results for this segment were below expectations as military order activity in general has been slower than expected.
Mr. Gundermann commented, "We have seen slow orders in our Test Systems business, resulting in a weak first half of 2009. But we continue to see good prospects in the market and are actively engaged in competitive bids for projects. Assuming contract awards and orders are received as anticipated, we expect the second half to be stronger. We believe that the innovative products that have been developed by DME and the strength of their capabilities in software and electronics design for test systems and simulation equipment will be a positive contributor to our future growth."
The low level of sales for the period and approximately $0.7 million in amortization of intangibles resulted in an operating loss of $0.3 million for the quarter for the Test Systems segment.
For the first six months of 2009, sales were $97.0 million, a 9.1% increase compared with $89.0 million in the first half of 2008. Astronics' organic business, excluding the DME acquisition, had sales of $72.7 million in the first half of 2009. Gross margin was 17.8% for the first six months of 2009 compared with 23.2% in the same period the prior year, down primarily on the lower organic sales level and the low sales level of the acquired DME business. Included in the cost of goods sold was $12.9 million in E&D expenditures of which $2.5 million were associated with DME. E&D costs for the first half of 2008 were $10.9 million.
SG&A expense was $12.5 million, or 12.9% of sales, in the first six months of 2009 compared with $8.5 million, or 9.6% of sales, in the same period the prior year reflecting the addition of DME including $1.3 million in amortization of 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 half of 2009 to 4.9% compared with 13.6% in the first half of 2008.
The second quarter and year-to-date effective tax rate of 27.6% and 29.4% reflect the impact of $0.2 million in research and development tax credits recorded in the second quarter. Net income for the first six months of 2009 was $3.4 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, compared with $7.8 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, in the same period the prior year.
Liquidity and Capital Expenditures
Cash and cash equivalents were $4.5 million at July 4, 2009, compared with $3.0 million at December 31, 2008, and $1.2 million at the end of the trailing first quarter. The Company has a revolving credit facility of up to $45 million of which approximately $15 million is reserved for existing letters of credit. Approximately $23 million was available on the facility at July 4, 2009.
Cash generated from operations was $6.6 million during the quarter compared with $5.8 million in last year's second quarter. For the six-month period, Astronics generated $9.5 million in cash from operations compared with $5.4 million in the 2008 period.
Capital expenditures in the second quarter of 2009 were $0.6 million compared with $1.1 million in the second quarter of 2008. For the six-month periods, capital expenditures were $1.6 million and $2.1 million in 2009 and 2008, respectively. Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $3.5 million to $4.0 million for 2009.
Orders in the second quarter of 2009 were $40.8 million, a 22.2% decrease compared with orders of $52.4 million in the 2008 quarter, but 32.3% above orders of $30.8 million in the trailing first quarter of 2009. Aerospace segment orders were $34.6 million compared with $52.4 million in the 2008 second quarter. Orders in the new Test Systems segment were $6.2 million.
Backlog at July 4, 2009, was $105.5 million, 3.8% above backlog of $101.6 million at the end of the second quarter of 2008, but down from backlog of $111.7 million at the end of the trailing first quarter. Aerospace backlog was $81.8 million at the end of the 2009 second quarter compared with $101.6 million at the end of last year's second quarter and $85.4 million at the end of the trailing first quarter of 2009. Approximately $54 million of the Aerospace backlog is expected to ship in the balance of 2009. Test Systems backlog was $23.7 million of which $19 million is expected to ship in the balance of 2009.
Mr. Gundermann concluded, "We are reducing our 2009 revenue guidance range to $200 million to $210 million, down from previous guidance of $210 million to $225 million. Our adjustment reflects airline retrofit projects shifting farther out on the horizon and the continued slow pace of orders in our aerospace business combined with the delay in project awards and slower than anticipated order flow in our test systems business. We do expect the second half of 2009 to be stronger than the first half, but not as much as we earlier anticipated as we see more revenue shifting into 2010."
Second Quarter 2009 Webcast and Conference Call
The Company will host a teleconference at 2:30 p.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 328191 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 328191. The telephonic replay will be available from 5:30 p.m. ET the day of the call through 11:59 p.m. ET on August 6, 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 Six months ended 7/4/2009 6/28/2008 7/4/2009 6/28/2008 Sales $ 47,024 $ 47,889 $ 97,039 $ 88,978 Cost of products sold 38,300 35,766 79,785 68,356 8,724 12,123 17,254 20,622 Gross margin 18.6 % 25.3 % 17.8 % 23.2 % Selling, general and 6,444 4,313 12,509 8,522 administrative Income from operations 2,280 7,810 4,745 12,100 Operating margin 4.8 % 16.3 % 4.9 % 13.6 % Interest expense, net 476 167 900 372 Other (income) expense** (900 ) (2 ) (913 ) 13 Income before tax 2,704 7,645 4,758 11,715 Income taxes 748 2,529 1,401 3,952 Net Income $ 1,956 $ 5,116 $ 3,357 $ 7,763 Basic earnings per share*: $ 0.18 $ 0.50 $ 0.31 $ 0.76 Diluted earnings per share*: $ 0.18 $ 0.48 $ 0.31 $ 0.73 Weighted average diluted shares 11,030 10,616 10,899 10,679 outstanding* Capital Expenditures $ 583 $ 1,119 $ 1,551 $ 2,130 Depreciation and Amortization $ 1,955 $ 1,009 $ 3,695 $ 2,009 * All share quantities and per share data reported for 2008 has been adjusted to reflect the impact of the one-for-four Class B stock distribution for shareholders of record on October 6, 2008. **Includes contingent earnout liability fair value adjustment of $900,000 in the second quarter of 2009.
ASTRONICS CORPORATION CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA (unaudited) (in thousands) 7/4/2009 12/31/2008 ASSETS: Cash and cash equivalents $ 4,476 $ 3,038 Accounts receivable 39,917 22,053 Inventories 32,610 35,586 Other current assets 5,475 6,078 Property, plant and equipment, net 32,808 29,075 Other long-term assets 4,953 4,409 Intangible assets 11,971 1,853 Goodwill 21,415 2,582 Total Assets $ 153,625 $ 104,674 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY: Current maturities of long term debt $ 8,942 $ 920 Accounts payable and accrued expenses 22,192 22,475 Long-term debt 46,291 13,526 Other liabilities 10,300 9,498 Shareholders' equity 65,900 58,255 Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 153,625 $ 104,674
ASTRONICS CORPORATION SEGMENT DATA (unaudited) (in thousands) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended 7/4/09 6/28/08 7/4/09 6/28/08 Net Sales Aerospace $ 38,216 $ 47,889 $ 80,034 $ 88,978 Test Systems 8,808 - 17,005 - Net Sales $ 47,024 $ 47,889 $ 97,039 $ 88,978 Operating Profit and Margins Aerospace $ 3,700 $ 8,622 $ 7,095 $ 13,606 Margin 9.7 % 18.0 % 8.9 % 15.3 % Test Systems (251 ) - (53 ) - Margin (2.8 %) - (0.3 %) - Corporate Expenses and Other 1,169 812 2,297 1,506 Total Operating Profit $ 2,280 $ 7,810 $ 4,475 $ 12,100 Operating Margin 4.8 % 16.3 % 4.9 % 13.6 %
ASTRONICS CORPORATION SALES BY MARKET ($, in thousands) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended 2009 7/4/2009 6/28/2008 % 7/4/2009 6/28/2008 % YTD change change % Aerospace Commercial $ 21,387 $ 28,779 -26 % $ 44,393 $ 52,674 -16 % 46 % Transport Military 9,855 8,910 11 % 20,341 16,669 22 % 21 % Business Jet 5,394 10,200 -47 % 11,916 19,635 -39 % 12 % FAA/Airport 1,580 - 3,384 - 3 % Aerospace $ 38,216 $ 47,889 -20 % $ 80,034 $ 88,978 -10 % 82 % Total Test Systems $ 8,808 $ - $ 17,005 $ - 18 % Total $ 47,024 $ 47,889 -2 % $ 97,039 $ 88,978 9 % 100 % ASTRONICS CORPORATION SALES BY PRODUCT ($, in thousands) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended 2009 7/4/2009 6/28/2008 % 7/4/2009 6/28/2008 % YTD change change % Aerospace Aircraft $ 15,879 $ 17,351 -9 % $ 33,930 $ 33,784 0 % 35 % Lighting Cabin 15,396 23,395 -34 % 31,898 42,870 -26 % 33 % Electronics Airframe 5,361 7,143 -25 % 10,822 12,324 -12 % 11 % Power Airfield 1,580 - 3,384 - 3 % Lighting Aerospace $ 38,216 $ 47,889 -20 % $ 80,034 $ 88,978 -10 % 82 % Total Test Systems $ 8,808 $ - $ 17,005 $ - 18 % Total $ 47,024 $ 47,889 -2 % $ 97,039 $ 88,978 9 % 100 %
ASTRONICS CORPORATION ORDER AND BACKLOG TREND ($, in thousands) Q2 2008 Q3 2008 Q4 2008 Q1 2009* Q2 2009 6/28/2008 9/27/2008 7/4/2009 4/4/2009 7/4/2009 Sales Aerospace $ 47,889 $ 40,363 $ 44,381 $ 41,818 $ 38,216 Test Systems - - - 8,197 8,808 Total Sales $ 47,889 $ 40,363 $ 44,381 $ 50,015 $ 47,024 Bookings Aerospace $ 52,386 $ 30,798 $ 41,348 $ 28,016 $ 34,605 Test Systems - - - 2,798 6,168 Total Bookings $ 52,386 $ 30,798 $ 41,348 $ 30,814 $ 40,773 Backlog Aerospace $ 101,646 $ 92,081 $ 89,048 $ 85,418 $ 81,807 Test Systems - - - 26,311 23,671 Total Backlog $ 101,646 $ 92,081 $ 89,048 $ 111,729 $ 105,478 Book:Bill Aerospace 1.09 0.76 0.93 0.67 0.91 Test Systems - - - 0.34 0.70 Combined Book:Bill 1.09 0.76 0.93 0.62 0.87 * On January 30, 2009, Astronics acquired DME Corporation, including backlog of $10,172 for Aerospace and $31,710 for Test Systems.
Source: Astronics Corporation
Released July 30, 2009