Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Basis of Presentation

Basis of Presentation
6 Months Ended
Jul. 02, 2022
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Basis of Presentation Basis of Presentation
The accompanying unaudited statements have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles for interim financial information. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring accruals, considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included.
Operating Results
The results of operations for any interim period are not necessarily indicative of results for the full year. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the volatility we experience in our financial results in recent periods and this could continue in future interim and annual periods. Operating results for the six months ended July 2, 2022 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2022.
The balance sheet at December 31, 2021 has been derived from the audited financial statements at that date, but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) for complete financial statements.
For further information, refer to the financial statements and footnotes thereto included in Astronics Corporation’s 2021 annual report on Form 10-K.
Description of the Business
Astronics Corporation (“Astronics” or the “Company”) is a leading provider of advanced technologies to the global aerospace, defense and electronics industries. Our products and services include advanced, high-performance electrical power generation, distribution and motion systems, lighting and safety systems, avionics products, systems and certification, aircraft structures and automated test systems.
We have principal operations in the United States (“U.S.”), Canada, France and England, as well as engineering offices in the Ukraine and India.
On February 13, 2019, the Company completed a divestiture of its semiconductor test business within the Test Systems segment. The transaction included two elements of contingent earnouts. In December 2021, the Company agreed to a payment of $10.7 million for the calendar 2020 earnout, which was recorded in the fourth quarter of 2021 and was received by the Company in early January 2022. In March 2022, the Company agreed with the earnout calculation for the calendar 2021 earnout in the amount of $11.3 million. The Company recorded the gain and received the payment in the first quarter of 2022.
Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization classified the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic. The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted businesses on a global scale, led to significant volatility in financial markets and affected the aviation and industrial industries. Substantially all of our operations and production activities have, to-date, remained operational. However, the impacts of the pandemic have placed labor and supply chain pressures on our business and we have been impacted by customer demand variability. Although we saw stable and growing backlog during the first half of 2022 in our aerospace business, COVID-19 related disruptions are ongoing and continue to adversely challenge our commercial transport market. While we remain bullish about the aerospace business, we believe the recovery to pre-pandemic activity, particularly in the widebody market, will take longer than originally anticipated at the outset of the pandemic. As economic activity continues to recover, we will continue to monitor the situation, assessing further possible implications on our operations, supply chain, liquidity, cash flow and customer orders.
The Company qualified for government subsidies from the Canadian and French governments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on our foreign operations. The Canadian and French subsidies are income-based grants intended to reimburse the Company for certain employee wages. The grants are recognized as income over the periods in which the Company recognizes as expenses the costs the grants are intended to defray. The amount recognized during the three and six months ended July 2, 2022 was immaterial.
In September 2021 the Company was awarded a grant of up to $14.7 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (“USDOT”) under the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program (“AMJP”). The Company received $7.4 million under the grant in 2021 and $5.2 million in the first quarter of 2022. The Company expects to receive the remainder in 2022. The receipt of the full award is primarily conditioned upon the Company committing to not furlough, lay off or reduce the compensation levels of a defined group of employees during the six-month period of performance between September 2021 and March 2022. The grant benefit was recognized ratably over the six-month performance period as a reduction to cost of products sold in proportion to the compensation expense that the award is intended to defray. During the six months ended July 2, 2022, the Company recognized $6.0 million of the award.
The following table presents the COVID-19 related government assistance, including AMJP, recorded during the three and six months ended July 2, 2022 and July 3, 2021:
Six Months Ended Three Months Ended
(In thousands) July 2, 2022 July 3, 2021 July 2, 2022 July 3, 2021
Cost of Products Sold $ 6,101  $ 1,478  $ 16  $ 933 
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses 18  147  78 
Total $ 6,119  $ 1,625  $ 20  $ 1,011 
Trade Accounts Receivable and Contract Assets
The allowance for estimated credit losses is based on the Company’s assessment of the collectability of customer accounts. The Company regularly reviews the allowance by considering factors such as the age of the receivable balances, historical experience, credit quality, current economic conditions, and reasonable and supportable forecasts of future economic conditions that may affect a customer’s ability to pay. The allowance for estimated credit losses balance was $3.1 million and $3.2 million at July 2, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively. The Company’s bad debt expense were insignificant during the three and six months ended July 2, 2022 and the three and six months ended July 3, 2021. Total write offs charged against the allowance were insignificant in the three and six months ended July 2, 2022 and the three and six months ended July 3, 2021. Total recoveries were insignificant in the three and six months ended July 2, 2022 and the three and six months ended July 3, 2021.
The Company's exposure to credit losses may increase if its customers are adversely affected by global economic recessions, disruption associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic, industry conditions, or other customer-specific factors. Although the Company has historically not experienced significant credit losses, it is possible that there could be a material adverse impact from potential adjustments of the carrying amount of trade receivables and contract assets as airlines and other aerospace companies’ cash flows are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Research and Development Expenses
Research and development costs are expensed as incurred and include salaries, benefits, consulting, material costs and depreciation. Research and development expenses amounted to $12.6 million and $10.3 million for the three months ended and $24.8 million and $20.6 million for the six months ended July 2, 2022 and July 3, 2021, respectively. These costs are included in Cost of products sold.
Goodwill Impairment
The Company tests goodwill at the reporting unit level on an annual basis or more frequently if an event occurs or circumstances change that would more likely than not reduce the fair value of a reporting unit below its carrying amount.
As of July 2, 2022, the Company concluded that no indicators of impairment relating to intangible assets or goodwill existed and an interim test was not performed in the three or six months then ended.
Valuation of Long-Lived Assets
Long-lived assets are evaluated for recoverability whenever adverse effects or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable. The recoverability test consists of comparing the undiscounted projected cash flows with the carrying amount. Should the carrying amount exceed undiscounted projected cash flows, an impairment loss would be recognized to the extent the carrying amount exceeds fair value. As of July 2, 2022 and for the three and six month periods then ended, the Company concluded that no indicators of impairment relating to long-lived assets existed.
Foreign Currency Translation
The aggregate foreign currency transaction gain or loss included in operations was insignificant for the three and six months ended July 2, 2022 and July 3, 2021.
Newly Adopted Accounting Pronouncement
Recent Accounting Pronouncement Adopted
Standard Description Financial Statement Effect or Other Significant Matters
ASU No. 2021-08 Business Combinations (Topic 805): Accounting for Contract Assets and Contract Liabilities from Contracts with Customers
This amendment requires contract assets and contract liabilities acquired in a business combination to be recognized and measured by the acquirer on the acquisition date in accordance with Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, as if it had originated the contracts. Under the current business combinations guidance, such assets and liabilities are recognized by the acquirer at fair value on the acquisition date. The standard will not impact acquired contract assets or liabilities from business combinations occurring prior to the adoption date.
This ASU is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2022, including interim periods within those fiscal years, with early adoption permitted. The impact of adoption on the Company's consolidated financial statements will be prospective only and depend on the magnitude of future business acquisitions.
Date of adoption: Q1 2022
We consider the applicability and impact of all ASUs. ASUs not listed above were assessed and determined to be either not applicable, or had or are expected to have minimal impact on our financial statements and related disclosures.