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AeroVironment, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2013 Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year End Results

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended April 30, 2013.

"Fiscal 2013 performance met our revised guidance, with full year revenue of $240 million and fully diluted EPS of $0.47, including non-operating items,” said Tim Conver, AeroVironment chairman and chief executive officer. “Government contracting delays for unmanned aircraft systems combined with lower than expected electric vehicle adoption rates to reduce annual revenue by 26 percent compared to fiscal 2012. Despite these market headwinds, we maintained market leadership in each business area and strengthened our cash position by $11 million, further enhancing our ability to move quickly and decisively when growth opportunities arise.”

“We reduced recurring costs early in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 to increase operating profit over last year. Significant fiscal 2013 revenue growth on Switchblade and international small UAS, along with an organization better aligned with our customers and end markets, positions us to build on our leading market positions as we develop new pathways to long term growth."

FISCAL 2013 FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS

Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was $54.1 million, down 51% from fourth quarter fiscal 2012 revenue of $110.7 million. The decrease in revenue resulted from decreased sales in our Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) segment of $55.0 million and in our Efficient Energy Systems (EES) segment of $1.6 million.

Loss from operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was $6.0 million compared to income from operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 of $25.7 million. The loss from operations was a result of lower gross margin of $31.8 million and higher research and development (R&D) expense of $2.0 million, offset by lower selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense of $2.2 million.

Other income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was $6.2 million compared to other income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 of $0. The increase was primarily due to the increase in fair value of the conversion option in the amount of $6.2 million of our CybAero convertible bond investment.

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