Astronics Corporation Reports Net Income Up 16% On 18% Increase In Sales For Fourth Quarter 2011

Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leader in advanced, high-performance lighting, electrical power, avionics databus products and automated test systems for the global aerospace and defense industries, today reported financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2011. Results include Ballard Technology, Inc. (“Ballard”) which was acquired on November 30, 2011.
             
Three Months Ended Twelve months Ended

Dec 31,2011
     

Dec 31,2010
     

%Change
 

Dec 31,2011
       

Dec 31,2010
     

%Change
 
 
Sales $ 61,156 $ 51,823 18.0 % $ 228,163 $ 195,754 16.6 %
Gross Profit $ 17,349 $ 12,443 39.4 % $ 60,496 $ 47,567 27.2 %
Gross margin % 28.4 % 24.0 % 26.5 % 24.3 %
 
Impairment Loss $ 2,500 $ - $ 2,500 $ -
SG&A $ 7,326 $ 6,004 22.1 % $ 27,175 $ 23,187 17.2 %
SG&A percent to sales 12.0 % 11.6 % 11.9 % 11.8 %
Income from Operations $ 7,523 $ 6,439 16.8 % $ 30,821 $ 24,380 26.4 %
Operating margin % 12.3 % 12.4 % 13.5 % 12.5 %
Net Income $ 5,169 $ 4,471 15.6 % $ 21,591 $ 14,948 44.4 %
Net Income % 8.5 % 8.6 % 9.5 % 7.6 %
 

Peter J. Gundermann, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The fourth quarter was a good one in many ways. We again achieved record revenue, margins were strong, orders were brisk, and we acquired Ballard, a leading designer and producer of avionics databus solutions for the aerospace industry. However, we had our share of disappointments during the quarter as well. We learned recently that the United States Air Force decided to cancel the VDATS procurement, which contributed to the $2.5 million write-down of goodwill and intangible assets in our test systems business. Additionally, the bankruptcy filing of American Airlines led to a $500,000 receivable reserve.”

Sales in the fourth quarter of 2011 were $61.2 million, up $9.3 million, or 18.0%, from the prior year fourth quarter. Aerospace sales, which represented approximately 95.2% of total fourth quarter sales, increased 24.5% over the prior year period to $58.2 million. Test Systems sales decreased to $2.9 million for the fourth quarter 2011 compared with $5.1 million in the 2010 fourth quarter. For the full year, sales for 2011 were $228.2 million, up $32.4 million, or 16.6%, from the same period last year. Aerospace sales of $213.9 million, which represented approximately 93.7% of 2011 sales, increased 19.1% over prior year sales of $179.6 million. Test Systems sales in 2011 were $14.3 million compared with $16.2 million in 2010.

Net income in the fourth quarter of 2011 was $5.2 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, compared with net income of $4.5 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, in the same period of last year. Net income for 2011 was $21.6 million, or $1.67 per diluted share, compared with net income of $14.9 million, or $1.20 per diluted share, in 2010.

Earnings per share for prior periods have been adjusted to reflect the impact of the one-for-ten Class B stock distribution to shareholders of record on August 16, 2011.

Consolidated operating margin in the 2011 fourth quarter was 12.3% compared with 12.4% in the prior year period. In the 2011 fourth quarter, Astronics recorded a non-cash pre-tax charge of $2.5 million, or $0.12 per diluted share after tax, for impairment of goodwill and intangible assets related to its Test Systems business. Leverage from increased sales in the 2011 fourth quarter was offset by the impairment charge as well as increased bad debt expense of $0.5 million related to the American Airlines’ bankruptcy and increased engineering and development (“E&D”) costs. E&D costs were $9.5 million in the 2011 fourth quarter compared with $7.3 million in the prior year’s fourth quarter.

Consolidated operating margin in 2011 increased to 13.5% from 12.5% in 2010, reflecting the leverage gained from increased sales offset partially by the impairment charge, increased E&D costs as well as higher selling, general and administrative costs (“SG&A”). SG&A costs increased primarily as a result of additional legal costs of $1.4 million, higher bad debt expenses of $0.5 million related to the American Airlines’ bankruptcy and increased compensation costs as compared with the prior year. E&D costs were $36.1 million and $28.3 million in 2011 and 2010, respectively.

The effective tax rate in the 2011 fourth quarter and full year periods were 28.0% and 25.6%, respectively. For the quarter and the year, the effective rate was below the statutory rate of 35% primarily due to research and development tax credits and the domestic production activity deduction.

Aerospace Segment Review (refer to sales by market and segment data in accompanying tables)

Fourth quarter and full year sales to the commercial transport market increased on higher demand for both cabin electronics products and aircraft lighting products. Fourth quarter military sales were relatively flat with the prior years’ fourth quarter, while full year 2011 military sales were up slightly, primarily as a result of higher airframe power sales, offset somewhat by lower aircraft lighting product sales. For the business jet market, fourth quarter sales increased slightly as increased airframe power sales were offset by a slight decrease of aircraft lighting sales. Increases to the business jet market in 2011 reflected higher sales of airframe power products. The decrease in 2011 fourth quarter and full year FAA/Airport sales was due to lower revenue from airport turnkey projects and lower order rates from the FAA. Sales from Ballard that are included in the fourth quarter results amounted to approximately $0.4 million.

Aerospace operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $12.2 million, or 20.9% of sales, compared with $7.8 million, or 16.8% of sales, in the same period last year. For the year, 2011 operating profit was $40.4 million, or 18.9% of sales, compared with $30.1 million, or 16.8% of sales, in 2010. The margin increase in the 2011 fourth quarter and year was due to the leverage gained from increased sales volume partially offset by higher E&D costs and increased SG&A costs. The primary increase of SG&A costs were related to legal, compensation costs and bad debt expense.

Bookings for the Aerospace segment during the fourth quarter were $54.0 million, up 33.9% from $40.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, and down 12.4% from bookings of $61.7 million in the trailing third quarter of 2011. Backlog at the end of the fourth quarter was $97.9 million of which $0.7 million was related to Ballard. Ballard’s backlog remained virtually unchanged from the date of acquisition to December 31, 2011.

Test Systems Segment Review (refer to sales by market and segment data in accompanying tables)

Sales in the 2011 fourth quarter decreased to $2.9 million when compared with $5.1 million for the same period in 2010. Sales for 2011 decreased to $14.3 million compared with $16.2 million for the same period last year.

Test Systems operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $3.4 million compared with an operating loss of $0.4 million in the same period last year. For the full year of 2011, Test Systems operating loss increased to $4.8 million compared with $1.8 million for 2010. The fourth quarter and full year loss reflects the $2.5 million impairment charge related to intangible assets and goodwill and lower sales volume.

Astronics learned recently that the United States Air Force decided to cancel the VDATS program, which the Company expected would be a large part of Test Systems’ activities in 2012. The loss of the program contributed to the write down of the Company’s Test Systems intangible assets and goodwill. There are $1.3 million of intangible assets remaining related to the Test Systems business.

Test Systems bookings in the fourth quarter were $2.5 million compared with $1.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, and down slightly from the trailing 2011 third quarter, which had bookings of $2.8 million. Backlog was $8.4 million at the end of the fourth quarter.

Balance Sheet

Cash at the end of the 2011 was $10.9 million compared with $22.7 million at the end of the prior year. The Company acquired Ballard Technology for approximately $24 million in cash. Additionally during 2011, Astronics acquired for approximately $10 million, the building that houses its Ft. Lauderdale operation and a partially completed building in Kirkland, WA for its Astronics AES subsidiary (“AES”). The Company expects to invest an additional $7 million to $9 million to build out the Kirkland, WA facility which AES plans to relocate to at the end of 2012.

Capital expenditures during the fourth quarter and twelve months of 2011 were $1.4 million and $14.3 million, respectively, compared with $1.0 million and $3.6 million in 2010, respectively.

In total, the Company expects capital spending in 2012 to be approximately $13 million to $16 million, which includes the cost to complete the Kirkland facility.

Outlook

On December 31, 2011, backlog was $106.3 million, improved over backlog of $99.8 million at the end of 2010, though down slightly from backlog of $110.2 million at the end of the trailing third quarter of 2011. Approximately 87% of the current backlog is expected to ship over the next four quarters.

Astronics expects sales in 2012 to be in the range of $235 million to $250 million. Astronics anticipates that approximately $225 million to $238 million of forecasted revenue will be from its Aerospace segment, while approximately $10 million to $12 million of the forecasted revenue will be from its Test Systems segment. The Company expects E&D expenditures for 2012, which are included in cost of goods sold, to be in the range of $36 million to $40 million.

Fourth Quarter 2011 Webcast and Conference Call

The Company will host a teleconference at 11:00 AM ET on Monday, February 6, 2012. During the teleconference, Peter J. Gundermann, President and CEO, and David C. Burney, Executive 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 by calling (201) 689-8562. The listen-only audio webcast can be monitored at www.astronics.com. To listen to the archived call, dial (858) 384-5517 and enter conference ID number 386478. The telephonic replay will be available from 2:00 p.m. on the day of the call through Monday, February 13, 2012. Alternatively, an archive of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website at www.astronics.com. A transcript will also be posted to the Company’s website, once available.

ABOUT ASTRONICS CORPORATION

Astronics Corporation is a leader in advanced, high-performance lighting, electrical power and automated test systems for the global aerospace and defense industries. 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, Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp., Ballard Technology Inc., DME Corporation 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 Web site at www.astronics.com.

For more information on Astronics and its products, visit its Web site at www.astronics.com .

Safe Harbor Statement

This news 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 expressions. Because such statements apply to future events, they are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause 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 and defense industries, 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 news release whether to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes in future operating results, financial conditions or prospects, or otherwise.
                 

ASTRONICS CORPORATIONCONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT DATA(Unaudited, $ in thousands except per share data)

 
 

 
Three Months Ended Twelve months Ended
12/31/2011       12/31/2010 12/31/2011       12/31/2010
Sales $ 61,156       $ 51,823 $ 228,163       $ 195,754
Cost of products sold 43,807       39,380 167,667       148,187
Gross profit 17,349 12,443 60,496 47,567
Gross margin % 28.4% 24.0% 26.5% 24.3%
 
Impairment Loss 2,500 - 2,500 -
Selling, general and administrative 7,326 6,004 27,175 23,187
SG&A % of Sales 12.0% 11.6% 11.9% 11.8%
                   
Income from operations 7,523 6,439 30,821 24,380
Operating margin% 12.3% 12.4% 13.5% 12.5%
 
Interest expense, net 345       589 1,806       2,551
Income before tax 7,178 5,850 29,015 21,829
Income tax expense 2,009       1,379 7,424       6,881
Net Income $ 5,169       $ 4,471 $ 21,591       $ 14,948
Net income % of Sales 8.5% 8.6% 9.5% 7.6%
 
 
*Basic earnings per share: $ 0.42 $ 0.37 $ 1.78 $ 1.25
*Diluted earnings per share: $ 0.40 $ 0.35 $ 1.67 $ 1.20
 

*Weighted average diluted sharesoutstanding
13,056 12,693 12,911 12,412
                                   
Capital Expenditures $ 1,406 $ 994 $ 14,281 $ 3,568
Depreciation and Amortization     $ 1,351       $ 1,224           $ 4,943       $ 4,881
 

*All share quantities and per share data reported for 2010 has been restated to reflect the impact of the one-for-ten Class B stock distribution to shareholders of record on August 16, 2011.
   

ASTRONICS CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET DATA
( in thousands)
      12/31/2011       12/31/2010
(Unaudited)      

ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 10,919 $ 22,709
Accounts receivable 35,669 30,941
Inventories 40,094 37,763
Other current assets 5,628 5,727
Property, plant and equipment, net 41,122 30,873
Deferred taxes long-term 7,039 6,883
Other long-term assets 3,249 3,342
Intangible assets 14,000 5,040
Goodwill   17,185         7,610
Total Assets $ 174,905       $ 150,888
 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Current maturities of long term debt $ 5,290 $ 5,314
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 28,187 25,971
Long-term debt 27,973 33,264
Other liabilities 10,592 9,124
Shareholders' equity   102,863         77,215
Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 174,905       $ 150,888
 

ASTRONICS CORPORATION

SEGMENT DATA

(Unaudited, $ in thousands)
   
               
Three Months Ended          

Twelve Months Ended
  12/31/2011           12/31/2010     12/31/2011           12/31/2010  
Sales            
Aerospace $ 58,224 $ 46,773 $ 213,874 $ 179,586
Test Systems   2,932           5,050     14,289           16,168  
Total Sales   61,156           51,823     228,163           195,754  
 
Operating Profit (Loss) and Margins
Aerospace 12,177 7,845 40,400 30,112
20.9 % 16.8 % 18.9 % 16.8 %
Test Systems (3,400 ) (435 ) (4,760 ) (1,806 )
  (116.0 )%         (8.6 )%   (33.3 )%         (11.2 )%
Total Segment Operating Profit 8,777 7,410 35,640 28,306
14.4 % 14.3 % 15.6 % 14.5 %
 
Interest Expense 345 591 1,806 2,551
Corporate Expenses and Other   1,254           969     4,819           3,926  
Income Before Taxes $ 7,178         $ 5,850   $ 29,015         $ 21,829  
11.7 % 11.3 % 12.7 % 11.2 %
 
ASTRONICS CORPORATION    

SALES BY MARKET
(Unaudited, $ in thousands)
                   
Three Months Ended Twelve months Ended 2011
  12/31/2011         12/31/2010       % change     12/31/2011         12/31/2010       % change   YTD %
Aerospace Segment                        
Commercial Transport $ 40,881 $ 28,993 41.0 % $ 143,337 $ 109,956 30.4 % 62.8 %
Military 9,478 9,600 (1.3 )% 35,394 34,867 1.5 % 15.5 %
Business Jet 5,557 5,291 5.0 % 25,983 22,548 15.2 % 11.4 %
FAA/Airport   2,308         2,889       (20.1 )%   9,160         12,215       (25.0 )% 4.0 %
Aerospace Total 58,224 46,773 24.5 % 213,874 179,586 19.1 % 93.7 %
 
Test Systems Segment
Military   2,932         5,050       (41.9 )%   14,289         16,168       (11.6 )% 6.3 %
 
Total $ 61,156       $ 51,823       18.0 % $ 228,163       $ 195,754       16.6 % 100.0 %

 
ASTRONICS CORPORATION    

SALES BY PRODUCT

(Unaudited, $ in thousands)
      Three Months Ended          

Twelve months Ended
          2011
  12/31/2011         12/31/2010       % change     12/31/2011         12/31/2010       % change   YTD %
                       
Aerospace Segment
Cabin Electronics $ 33,186 $ 23,019 44.2 % $ 114,540 $ 86,511 32.4 % 50.2 %
Aircraft Lighting 16,997 16,289 4.3 % 69,653 65,009 7.1 % 30.5 %
Airframe Power 5,321 4,576 16.3 % 20,109 15,851 26.9 % 8.8 %
Airfield Lighting 2,308 2,889 (20.1 )% 9,160 12,215 (25.0 )% 4.0 %
Avionics Databus 412 - 100.0 % 412 - 100.0 % 0.2 %
                                     
Aerospace Total 58,224 46,773 24.5 % 213,874 179,586 19.1 % 93.7 %
 
 
Test Systems Segment   2,932         5,050       (41.9 )%   14,289         16,168       (11.6 )% 6.3 %
 
Total $ 61,156       $ 51,823       18.0 % $ 228,163       $ 195,754       16.6 % 100.0 %
 

ASTRONICS CORPORATIONORDER AND BACKLOG TREND(Unaudited, $ in thousands)
                               

Q12011

Q2 2011

Q3 2011

Q4 2011

TwelveMonthsEnded
4/2/2011       7/2/2011       10/1/2011       12/31/2011       12/31/2011
Sales
Aerospace $ 50,199 $ 51,942 $ 53,509 $ 58,224 $ 213,874
Test Systems   4,929         3,533         2,895         2,932         14,289
Total Sales $ 55,128       $ 55,475       $ 56,404       $ 61,156       $ 228,163
 
Bookings
Aerospace $ 48,682 $ 55,029 $ 61,718 $ 54,048 $ 219,477
Test Systems   5,756         3,459         2,761         2,506         14,482
Total Bookings $ 54,438       $ 58,488       $ 64,479       $ 56,554       $ 233,959
 
Backlog*
Aerospace $ 90,056 $ 93,143 $ 101,352 $ 97,903 N/A
Test Systems   9,043         8,969         8,835         8,409         N/A
Total Backlog $ 99,099       $ 102,112       $ 110,187       $ 106,312         N/A
 
Book:Bill Ratio
Aerospace 0.97 1.06 1.15 0.93 1.03
Test Systems   1.17         0.98         0.95         0.85         1.01
Total Book:Bill   0.99         1.05         1.14         0.92         1.03
                                 

Q12010

Q22010

Q32010

Q42010

TwelveMonthsEnded
4/3/2010       7/3/2010       10/2/2010       12/31/2010         2010
Sales
Aerospace $ 43,190 $ 43,599 $ 46,024 $ 46,773 $ 179,586
Test Systems   3,746         3,490         3,882         5,050           16,168
Total Sales $ 46,936       $ 47,089       $ 49,906       $ 51,823         $ 195,754
 
Bookings
Aerospace $ 50,668 $ 46,227 $ 58,250 $ 40,378 $ 195,522
Test Systems   3,634         5,411         4,358         1,224           14,628
Total Bookings $ 54,302       $ 51,638       $ 62,608       $ 41,602         $ 210,150
 
Backlog
Aerospace $ 83,116 $ 85,744 $ 97,970 $ 91,573 N/A
Test Systems   9,644         11,565         12,041         8,216           N/A
Total Backlog $ 92,760       $ 97,309       $ 110,011       $ 99,789           N/A
 
Book:Bill Ratio
Aerospace 1.17 1.06 1.27 0.86 1.09
Test Systems   0.97         1.55         1.12         0.24           0.90
Total Book:Bill   1.16         1.10         1.25         0.80           1.07
 

* On November 30, 2011, Astronics acquired Ballard Technology, Inc. including backlog of $727 thousand for the Aerospace segment.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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