CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016. 

First Quarter 2016 Highlights
  • Increase free cash flow guidance range to $290 million to $310 million and maintain full-year 2016 expectations for diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $4.00 to $4.15;
  • Net sales of $504 million;
  • Operating income of $57 million driving operating margin of 11.4%;
  • Earnings per diluted share of $0.73, ahead of expectations;
  • Free cash flow increased 275% to $61 million, free cash flow conversion of 187%;
  • Backlog of $2.1 billion increased 7% from December 31, 2015; and
  • Share repurchase of approximately $25 million.

"We reported first quarter results ahead of our expectations despite challenging industrial markets, particularly for energy, as expected," said David C. Adams, Chairman and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. "Looking ahead, we anticipate steady, sequential improvement over the remainder of 2016, reflecting our team's ability to mitigate the industrial end market headwinds, as we continue our drive to top-quartile financial performance." 

"Further, we anticipate solid margin improvement in all three segments during the second half of 2016.  As a result, full-year operating margin is expected to improve 70 to 90 basis points, and we are maintaining our current full-year diluted EPS guidance of $4.00 to $4.15. In addition, as a result of strong first quarter free cash flow, we are raising our full-year guidance by $10 million to a new range of $290 to $310 million."   

"Further, as part of our commitment to buy back at least $100 million in stock in 2016, we repurchased approximately $25 million in stock during the first quarter.  Overall, we believe that our continued focus on improving profitability, generating strong free cash flow and maintaining a balanced capital allocation strategy will continue to enhance shareholder value."

First Quarter 2016 Operating Results from Continuing Operations

(In thousands)      1Q-2016       1Q-2015       % Change
Sales   $   503,507     $   546,199         (8 %)
Operating income     57,263         72,835         (21 %)
Operating margin     11.4 %     13.3 %   (190 bps)  

Sales

Sales of $504 million in the first quarter decreased $43 million, or 8%, compared to the prior year, reflecting a 7% decrease in organic sales and $4 million, or 1%, in unfavorable foreign currency translation.  First quarter 2016 sales reflect continued lower demand in the energy sector within the Commercial/Industrial segment. Additionally, prior year sales in the Power segment included a $10 million net benefit from a one-time termination change order on the former Progress Energy U.S. AP1000 plant that did not recur.

From an end market perspective, sales to the defense markets decreased 4%, while sales to the commercial markets decreased 10%, compared to the prior year. 

Please refer to the accompanying tables for a breakdown of sales by end market.

Operating Income

Operating income in the first quarter was $57 million, a decrease of $16 million, or 21%, compared to the prior year.  This performance was primarily driven by lower operating income in the Commercial/Industrial segment resulting from lower sales volumes and restructuring costs, as well as the aforementioned one-time, prior year net benefit of the termination change order in the Power segment of $7 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, that did not recur. 

Operating margin was 11.4%, a decrease of 190 basis points over the prior year, primarily reflecting lower segment operating income, despite the benefits of our ongoing margin improvement initiatives.  Excluding the one-time, prior year net benefit of the termination change order, which favorably impacted prior year margins by 100 basis points, operating margin would only have been down 90 basis points from the comparable prior year period.

Non-segment expense

Non-segment expenses decreased 47% compared with the prior year, primarily due to lower pension expenses and higher net foreign exchange transactional gains.

Net Earnings

First quarter net earnings decreased 24% from the comparable prior year period, principally reflecting lower operating income. Interest expense of $10 million increased by $1 million compared to the prior year period.  Our effective tax rate for the current quarter was 31.0%, a decrease from 32.8% in the prior year, principally driven by enhanced manufacturing deduction in the U.S. coupled with the reinstatement of the U.S. R&D credit.

Free Cash Flow
(In thousands)   1Q-2016       1Q-2015    
Net cash generated from operating activities   $   70,260     $   (171,091 )  
Capital expenditures       (8,825 )       (9,096 )  
Free cash flow   $   61,435     $   (180,187 )  
Pension payment       -         145,000    
Adjusted free cash flow   $   61,435     $    (35,187 )  

Free cash flow, defined as cash flow from operations less capital expenditures, was $61 million for the first quarter of 2016, an increase of $96 million compared to ($35) million in the prior year period, excluding the first quarter 2015 pension contribution of $145 million.  Similarly, net cash generated from operating activities also increased $96 million to $70 million, primarily driven by lower accounts receivable due to higher advanced payments. Capital expenditures of $9 million were essentially flat with the prior year period. 

New Orders and Backlog

New orders of $629 million in the first quarter were flat compared to the prior year, primarily due to higher orders within the Commercial/Industrial and Power segments, offset by reduced orders within the Defense segment.  Backlog of $2.1 billion increased 7% from December 31, 2015, led by growth in our naval defense businesses.

Other Items - Share Repurchase

During the first quarter, the Company repurchased approximately 349,000 shares of its common stock for approximately $25 million.

Full-Year 2016 Guidance

The Company is maintaining its full-year 2016 financial guidance as follows, with the exception of free cash flow which increased by $10 million from prior guidance: 
  2016 Guidance Chg vs. 2015  
Total sales $2.17 - $2.22 billion -1% to +1%  
Operating income $304 - $315 million Up 5 - 8%  
Operating margin 14.0% - 14.2%   Up 70 - 90 bps  
Diluted earnings per share $4.00 - $4.15 Up 7 - 11%  
Diluted shares outstanding 46.0 million    
Free cash flow $290 - 310 million Up 7 - 14%  
     

Notes:  Full-year 2016 growth rates reflect comparisons to 2015 Pro Forma results, which exclude the one-time China AP1000 fee of $20 million recognized in the fourth quarter of 2015.  

Additionally, 2016 growth in free cash flow is comparable to adjusted free cash flow for 2015, which excludes contributions to the Company's corporate defined benefit pension plan of $145 million in 2015.

A more detailed breakdown of our 2016 guidance by segment and by market can be found in the attached accompanying schedules. 

First Quarter 2016 Segment Performance

Commercial/Industrial
(In thousands)      1Q-2016          1Q-2015         % Change
Sales   $   274,727     $   297,887         (8 %)
Operating income     30,052       43,289         (31 %)
Operating margin     10.9 %     14.5 %   (360 bps)  

Sales for the first quarter were $275 million, a decrease of $23 million, or 8%, over the comparable prior year period.  Organic sales decreased 7% over the prior year period, excluding $3 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation, primarily within the general industrial market, and a $1 million benefit from a prior year acquisition.  In the general industrial market, we experienced lower sales of severe-service valves serving the energy markets, as expected, along with a reduction in sales for industrial vehicle products.  Within the commercial aerospace market, we experienced higher sales of actuation systems and sensors and controls products, primarily on the Boeing 737 program, principally offset by lower sales of surface technology services, most notably to Airbus. 

Operating income in the first quarter was $30 million, down 31% from the comparable prior year period, while operating margin decreased 360 basis points to 10.9%. Our results primarily reflect decreased profitability for industrial valves and surface treatment services, as expected, due to lower sales volumes. Our results were also impacted by approximately $3 million in costs related to our previously announced restructuring activities, which we expect will yield higher profitability beginning in the second half of 2016.

Defense
(In thousands)     1Q-2016        1Q-2015         % Change
Sales   $   105,391     $   113,500         (7 %)
Operating income     16,845       18,027         (7 %)
Operating margin     16.0 %     15.9 %   10 bps  

Sales for the first quarter were $105 million, a decrease of $8 million, or 7%, over the comparable prior year period.  Organic sales decreased 6% over the prior year period, excluding $1 million in unfavorable foreign currency translation.  In the aerospace defense market, we experienced lower sales of embedded computing products based on the timing of production on various fighter jet and rotorcraft programs, including the V-22 and P-8 programs.  In the ground defense market, sales were flat as higher sales for the G/ATOR program were essentially offset by lower sales on the Abrams program. Within the naval defense market, our results reflect higher embedded computing product sales as well as increased helicopter handling systems sales primarily on the DDG-51 program.

Operating income in the first quarter was $17 million, a decrease of $1 million, or 7%, compared to the prior year period, while operating margin improved 10 basis points to 16.0%. Favorable foreign currency translation added $2 million to current quarter results. The reduction in organic operating income was driven primarily by lower sales volumes and unfavorable sales mix.  Meanwhile, our ongoing operational and margin improvement initiatives produced a slight improvement in operating margin, despite lower sales.    

Power
(In thousands)     1Q-2016         1Q-2015         % Change
Sales   $   123,389     $   134,812         (8 %)
Operating income     14,628       19,512         (25 %)
Operating margin     11.9 %     14.5 %   (260 bps)  

Sales for the first quarter were $123 million, a decrease of $11 million, or 8%, over the comparable prior year period. The reduction in sales was primarily driven by the aforementioned termination change order on the domestic AP1000 program, which provided a $10 million net benefit in the prior year period that did not recur. Elsewhere within the power generation market, our results reflect higher AP1000 program production revenues, which were partially offset by lower aftermarket sales primarily supporting domestic nuclear operating reactors.  In the naval defense market, we experienced lower sales of pumps and generators supporting the Virginia-class submarine program, based on the timing of production, as well as lower sales of pumps and valves on the CVN-79 aircraft carrier program as production is nearing completion.

Operating income in the first quarter was $15 million, a decrease of $5 million, or 25%, compared to the prior year period, while operating margin declined 260 basis points to 11.9%.  Those decreases were primarily driven by the aforementioned termination change order on the domestic AP1000 program, which provided a net benefit of $7 million in the prior year period that did not recur.  Excluding this one-time benefit, operating income increased 17% and operating margin improved 180 basis points primarily driven by higher AP1000 production volumes in the current period and the absence of reactor coolant pump testing costs which impacted the prior year period.  Those improvements were partially offset by lower profitability in our aftermarket power generation business.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call to discuss first quarter 2016 financial results at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, May 5, 2016.  A live webcast of the call and the accompanying financial presentation will be made available on the internet by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.curtisswright.com

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  CURTISS-WRIGHT CORPORATION and SUBSIDIARIES
  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (UNAUDITED)
  ($'s in thousands, except per share data)
                 
                 
      Three Months Ended    
      March 31,   Change
        2016       2015     $ %
  Product sales   $   402,918     $   445,687     $   (42,769 )   (10 %)
  Service sales       100,589         100,512         77     0 %
  Total net sales       503,507         546,199         (42,692 )   (8 %)
                 
  Cost of product sales       264,735         293,009         (28,274 )   (10 %)
  Cost of service sales       66,869         62,094         4,775     8 %
  Total cost of sales       331,604         355,103         (23,499 )   (7 %)
                 
  Gross profit       171,903         191,096         (19,193 )   (10 %)
                 
  Research and development expenses       15,160         15,262         (102 )   (1 %)
  Selling expenses       29,626         31,088         (1,462 )   (5 %)
  General and administrative expenses       69,854         71,911         (2,057 )   (3 %)
                 
  Operating income       57,263         72,835         (15,572 )   (21 %)
                 
  Interest expense       (9,933 )       (8,996 )       (937 )   10 %
  Other income, net       234         481         (247 ) NM  
                 
  Earnings before income taxes       47,564         64,320         (16,756 )   (26 %)
  Provision for income taxes       (14,745 )       (21,097 )       6,352     (30 %)
  Earnings from continuing operations   $   32,819     $   43,223     $   (10,404 )   (24 %)
                 
  Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax     -          (27,232 )       27,232   NM  
                 
  Net earnings   $   32,819     $   15,991     $   16,828     105 %
                 
  Basic earnings per share              
  Earnings from continuing operations   $   0.74     $   0.91        
  Earnings from discontinued operations       -          (0.57 )      
  Total   $   0.74     $   0.34        
                 
  Diluted earnings per share              
  Earnings from continuing operations   $   0.73     $   0.89                
  Earnings from discontinued operations       -          (0.56 )      
  Total   $   0.73     $   0.33        
                 
                 
  Dividends per share   $   0.13     $   0.13        
                 
  Weighted average shares outstanding:              
  Basic     44,578       47,724        
  Diluted     45,240       48,732        
                 
  NM- not meaningful              

 
CURTISS-WRIGHT CORPORATION and SUBSIDIARIES  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)  
($'s in thousands, except par value)  
                 
                 
                 
      March 31,   December 31,   Change  
        2016       2015     %  
Assets              
  Current assets:              
    Cash and cash equivalents   $   337,263     $   288,697       17 %  
    Receivables, net       481,768         566,289       (15 %)  
    Inventories       403,027         379,591       6 %  
    Other current assets       38,146         40,306       (5 %)  
     Total current assets     1,260,204       1,274,883       (1 %)  
  Property, plant, and equipment, net       407,114         413,644       (2 %)  
  Goodwill       978,624         972,606       1 %  
  Other intangible assets, net       306,003         310,763       (2 %)  
  Other assets       11,707         17,715       (34 %)  
      Total assets   $     2,963,652     $     2,989,611       (1 %)  
                 
Liabilities              
  Current liabilities:              
    Current portion of long-term and short term debt   $   919     $   1,259       (27 %)  
    Accounts payable       134,839         163,286       (17 %)  
    Accrued expenses       96,275         131,863       (27 %)  
    Income taxes payable       5,041         7,956       (37 %)  
    Deferred revenue         183,177         181,671       1 %  
    Other current liabilities       36,928         37,190       (1 %)  
      Total current liabilities     457,179       523,225       (13 %)  
  Long-term debt, net       966,861         951,946       2 %  
  Deferred tax liabilities, net       56,912         54,447       5 %  
  Accrued pension and other postretirement benefit costs       103,392         103,723       (0 %)  
  Long-term portion of environmental reserves       14,193         14,017       1 %  
  Other liabilities       78,409         86,830       (10 %)  
      Total liabilities     1,676,946       1,734,188       (3 %)  
                 
Stockholders' equity              
  Common stock, $1 par value       49,187         49,190       (0 %)  
  Additional paid in capital       132,871         144,923       (8 %)  
  Retained earnings       1,617,659         1,590,645       2 %  
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss       (207,211 )       (225,928 )     (8 %)  
  Less:  cost of treasury stock       (305,800 )       (303,407 )     1 %  
      Total stockholders' equity     1,286,706       1,255,423       2 %  
                 
      Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $     2,963,652     $     2,989,611       (1 %)  

 
  CURTISS-WRIGHT CORPORATION and SUBSIDIARIES
  SEGMENT INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)
  ($'s in thousands)
               
               
      Three Months Ended
      March 31,
              Change
        2016       2015     %
  Sales:            
  Commercial/Industrial   $   274,727     $   297,887       (8 %)
  Defense       105,391         113,500       (7 %)
  Power       123,389         134,812       (8 %)
               
  Total sales   $     503,507     $     546,199       (8 %)
               
  Operating income (expense):            
  Commercial/Industrial   $   30,052     $   43,289       (31 %)
  Defense       16,845         18,027       (7 %)
  Power       14,628         19,512       (25 %)
               
  Total segments   $     61,525     $     80,828       (24 %)
  Corporate and other       (4,262 )       (7,993 )     47 %
               
  Total operating income   $     57,263     $     72,835       (21 %)
               
               
  Operating margins:            
  Commercial/Industrial     10.9 %     14.5 %    
  Defense     16.0 %     15.9 %    
  Power     11.9 %     14.5 %    
  Total Curtiss-Wright     11.4 %     13.3 %    
               
  Segment margins     12.2 %     14.8 %    

 
  CURTISS-WRIGHT CORPORATION and SUBSIDIARIES
  SALES BY END MARKET (UNAUDITED)
  ($'s in thousands)
               
               
      Three Months Ended
      March 31,
              Change
        2016       2015     %
  Defense markets:            
  Aerospace   $   61,390     $   71,346       (14 %)
  Ground       19,174         18,655       3 %
  Naval       91,937         89,063       3 %
  Other       2,428         2,727       (11 %)
  Total Defense   $     174,929     $     181,791       (4 %)
               
  Commercial markets:            
  Commercial Aerospace   $   100,841     $   101,018       (0 %)
  Power Generation       99,656         113,235       (12 %)
  General Industrial       128,081         150,155       (15 %)
  Total Commercial   $     328,578     $     364,408       (10 %)
               
  Total Curtiss-Wright   $     503,507     $     546,199       (8 %)
               

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

The Corporation supplements our financial information determined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) with certain non-GAAP financial information. We believe that these non-GAAP measures provide investors with additional insight into the company's ongoing business performance. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures, and other companies may define such measures differently. We encourage investors to review our financial statements and publicly-filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure. The following definitions are provided:

Organic Revenue and Organic Operating income               The Corporation discloses organic revenue and organic operating income because the Corporation believes it provides investors with insight as to the Company's ongoing business performance.  Organic revenue and organic operating income are defined as revenue and operating income excluding the impact of foreign currency fluctuations and contributions from acquisitions made during the last twelve months. 

  Three Months Ended
  March 31
  2016 vs 2015
  Commercial/Industrial   Defense   Power   Total Curtiss-Wright  
  Sales   Operating income   Sales   Operating income   Sales   Operating income   Sales   Operating income  
Organic   (7 %)     (34 %)     (6 %)     (20 %)     (8 %)     (25 %)     (7 %)     (26 %)  
Acquisitions   0 %     1 %     0 %     0 %     0 %     0 %     0 %     1 %  
Foreign Currency   (1 %)     2 %     (1 %)     13 %     (0 %)     0 %     (1 %)     4 %  
Total   (8 %)     (31 %)     (7 %)     (7 %)     (8 %)     (25 %)     (8 %)     (21 %)  

Free Cash Flow

The Corporation discloses free cash flow because the Corporation believes it measures cash flow available for investing and financing activities. Free cash flow is defined as net cash flow provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. Free cash flow represents cash generated after paying for interest on borrowings, income taxes, capital expenditures, and working capital requirements, but before repaying outstanding debt and investing cash or utilizing debt credit lines to acquire businesses and make other strategic investments.

  CURTISS-WRIGHT CORPORATION and SUBSIDIARIES
  NON-GAAP FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED)
  ($'s in thousands)
           
           
      Year Ended
      March 31,
        2016       2015  
           
  Net cash provided by operating activities $   70,260     $   (171,091 )
  Capital expenditures       (8,825 )       (9,096 )
  Free cash flow    $   61,435     $   (180,187 )
           
  Pension Payment       -          145,000  
           
  Adjusted free cash flow   $   61,435     $   (35,187 )
           
  Cash conversion *     187 %     (81 %)
           
  *Cash conversion is calculated as adjusted free cash flow divided by earnings from continuing operations
 

  CURTISS-WRIGHT CORPORATION
  2016 Guidance (from Continuing Operations)  
  As of May 4, 2016
  ($'s in millions, except per share data)
         
         
    2015   2015   2016 Guidance
     Reported    Pro Forma*   Low   High
  Sales:              
  Commercial/Industrial $   1,185     $   1,185     $   1,145     $   1,170  
  Defense     477         477         490         500  
  Power     543         523         535         550  
  Total sales $     2,206     $     2,186     $     2,170     $     2,220  
                 
  Operating income:              
  Commercial/Industrial $   172     $   172     $   168     $   173  
  Defense     99         99         93         97  
  Power     75         55         69         72  
  Total segments     345         325         330         342  
  Corporate and other     (35 )       (35 )       (26 )       (27 )
  Total operating income $     311     $     291     $     304     $     315  
                 
  Interest expense $   (36 )   $   (36 )   $   (38 )   $   (39 )
  Earnings before income taxes     275         255         267         276  
  Provision for income taxes     (83 )       (77 )       (83 )       (86 )
  Net earnings $     192     $     178     $     184     $     191  
                 
  Reported diluted earnings per share $     4.04     $     3.74     $     4.00     $     4.15  
  Diluted shares outstanding   47.6       47.6       46.0       46.0  
  Effective tax rate   30.1 %     30.1 %     31.0 %     31.0 %
   
                 
  Operating margins:              
  Commercial/Industrial   14.5 %     14.5 %     14.6 %     14.8 %
  Defense   20.7 %     20.7 %     19.1 %     19.3 %
  Power   13.8 %     10.5 %     12.9 %     13.1 %
  Total operating margin   14.1 %     13.3 %     14.0 %     14.2 %
                 
  Note: Full year amounts may not add due to rounding              
   
  * Excludes the one-time China AP1000 fee of $20 million recognized as revenue and operating income in the fourth quarter of 2015.   This affects the Power segment and Total Curtiss-Wright.  
   

 
             
  CURTISS-WRIGHT CORPORATION
  2016 Sales Growth Guidance by End Market (from Continuing Operations)
  As of May 4, 2016
             
      2016 % Change (vs 2015)  
      Low   High  
             
  Defense Markets          
    Aerospace     1 %     3 %  
    Ground     4 %     6 %  
    Navy     0 %     2 %  
  Total Defense   (Including Other Defense)     2 %     4 %  
             
  Commercial Markets          
    Commercial Aerospace     (4 %)     (2 %)  
    Power Generation     4 %     6 %  
    General Industrial     (6 %)     (2 %)  
  Total Commercial     (3 %)     (1 %)  
             
  Total Curtiss-Wright Sales     (1 %)     1 %  
             
             
  Note: Full year amounts may not add due to rounding      
  * The Company's full-year 2016 guidance reflects sales growth rates compared to 2015 Pro Forma results, which exclude the one-time China AP1000 fee of $20 million recognized as revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015.   This affects 2016 growth rates for Power Generation, Total Commercial and Total Curtiss-Wright sales.  
     

About Curtiss-Wright Corporation Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE:CW) is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets.  Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships. The company employs approximately 8,400 people worldwide.  For more information, visit www.curtisswright.com

Certain statements made in this release, including statements about future revenue, financial performance guidance, quarterly and annual revenue, net income, operating income growth, future business opportunities, cost saving initiatives, the successful integration of our acquisitions, the successful sale of our businesses held for sale, and future cash flow from operations, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements present management's expectations, beliefs, plans and objectives regarding future financial performance, and assumptions or judgments concerning such performance. Any discussions contained in this press release, except to the extent that they contain historical facts, are forward-looking and accordingly involve estimates, assumptions, judgments and uncertainties.  Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: a reduction in anticipated orders; an economic downturn; changes in competitive marketplace and/or customer requirements; a change in government spending; an inability to perform customer contracts at anticipated cost levels; and other factors that generally affect the business of aerospace, defense contracting, electronics, marine, and industrial companies.  Such factors are detailed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, and subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

This press release and additional information are available at www.curtisswright.com.
Jim Ryan(704) 869-4621Jim.Ryan@curtisswright.com

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