First Quarter orders of $16.3 million, backlog increases by 50%
Orders were $16.3 million in the first quarter and backlog was approximately $29.4 million at December 31, 2012, up almost $10 million over the last three months from $19.7 million at September 30, 2012. Backlog includes only modest levels of potential future sole-source production orders from products currently in development under the Company’s EMD contracts.
Shahram Askarpour, President of ISSC, commented, “The first quarter was noteworthy from both a strategic and operational perspective. We booked over $16 million in new business, including production orders for near-term delivery and orders for new products. These orders include a $4 million military contract to provide the Company’s integrated suite of avionics for the C-130 and L-100 aircraft, and an order from Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. for an initial fifty ship sets of our advanced avionics suite. Strategically, we will be providing a first-of-its-kind military application of our flight management system and Beta 3 GPS receivers that provide RNP (Required Navigational Performance) and LPV (Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance) capabilities. Operationally, these new contracts include initial orders for the more profitable sole source production of products developed under our EMD programs. We are focused on increasing shareholder value by remaining dedicated to serving customers by improving aircraft performance with dependable, high-quality products that offer competitively priced, enhanced functionality.”
Business OutlookMr. Hedrick concluded that, “For the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, we expect to increase sales and generate a profit, which would represent our fifth consecutive profitable year. Our ability to provide specific targets and ranges remains difficult in the present economic climate; however, we are optimistic about results for 2013. We continue to project that 2013 sales will increase over 2012 sales; however, the continued high investment in lower margin EMD programs and IR&D will constrain the growth of operating income. We will provide additional commentary during our earnings conference call.”