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Aeroflex Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results

ARX

Aeroflex Holding Corp. ("Aeroflex") (NYSE:ARX), a leading global provider of high performance microelectronic components, and test and measurement equipment, today announced its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, which ended September 30, 2013.

As announced on September 5, 2013, Aeroflex sold the net assets of Aeroflex Test Equipment Services (“ATES”), a division of its U.K. subsidiary, Aeroflex Limited, for $18.4 million in cash. The results of operations of ATES are reported as income from discontinued operations. Aeroflex’s prior period results have been adjusted to reflect this transaction.

Aeroflex’s results from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 are discussed below:

  • Net sales were $132.7 million compared to $137.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.
  • Operating loss was $(37,000), loss from continuing operations was $(4.0) million, or $(0.05) per share, compared to operating loss of $(6.0) million, loss from continuing operations of $(14.5) million, or $(0.17) per share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.
  • On a Non-GAAP basis, Adjusted EBITDA was $17.9 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $19.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2013, operating income was $12.5 million compared to $15.0 million, and net income was $3.9 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to net income of $3.5 million, or $0.04 per share, last year.

For the period July 1, 2013 to the date of sale, ATES sales, net income and Adjusted EBITDA were $2.4 million, $0.4 million and $0.5 million, respectively. For the three months ended September 30, 2012, ATES sales, net income and Adjusted EBITDA were $3.5 million, $0.4 million and $0.5 million, respectively. The gain recorded on the sale of ATES was $14.1 million.

“This quarter we continued to execute well, but are disappointed in our overall results as the weakness and uncertainty in our government end markets continues,” stated Len Borow, Chief Executive Officer of Aeroflex. “Our commercial markets are starting to stabilize and we performed well in these areas. The divestiture of ATES allows us to enhance our focus on our strategically important wireless test business, which has a better growth profile. We have continued to concentrate on operational efficiencies, which positively impacted our operations this quarter.”

The following tables present selected financial information for the three months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012 prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and on a basis other than GAAP (“Non-GAAP”). A reconciliation between GAAP and Non-GAAP amounts is presented at the end of this press release. The 32% Non-GAAP effective tax rate in each of the fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2013 periods results from Aeroflex’s geographic mix of Non-GAAP pre-tax income.

 

Selected GAAP Results

(In thousands, except percentages and per share data)

 
Three Months Ended
September 30,
  2013       2012  
 
Net sales $ 132,732 $ 137,635
 
Gross profit 65,818 68,222
Gross margin 49.6 % 49.6 %
 
Operating income (loss) (37 ) (6,023 )
 
Income (loss) from continuing operations (3,955 ) (14,516 )
 
Income from discontinued operations 14,462 377
 
Net income (loss) $ 10,507   $ (14,139 )
 
Income (loss) per common share - basic and diluted:
Continuing operations $ (0.05 ) $ (0.17 )
Discontinued operations   0.17     -  
Net income (loss) $ 0.12   $ (0.17 )
 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:
Basic and diluted:   84,916     84,836  
 

Selected Non-GAAP Results

(In thousands, except percentages and per share data)

 
Three Months Ended
September 30,
  2013       2012  
Net sales $ 132,732 $ 137,635
 
Gross profit 66,153 68,417
Gross margin 49.8 % 49.7 %
 
Operating income 12,547 14,959
 
Net income $ 3,851   $ 3,494  
 
Net income per common share:
Basic $ 0.05   $ 0.04  
Diluted $ 0.05   $ 0.04  
 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:
Basic   84,916     84,836  
Diluted   85,235     84,861  
 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 17,941   $ 19,852  
 

Business Outlook

“Our outlook reflects the removal of the ATES operations,” said Mr. Borow. “As a reference, in the quarter ended December 31, 2012 and the full fiscal year 2013, ATES had net sales of $4.4 million and $15.7 million, respectively, net income of $0.6 million and $2.0 million, respectively, and Adjusted EBITDA of $0.9 million and $2.8 million, respectively.”

For the second quarter ending December 31, 2013, Aeroflex expects net sales to be between $146 million and $154 million, GAAP net income to be between $0 million and $2 million, Adjusted EBITDA to be between $21 million and $25 million, GAAP net income per share to be between $0.00 and $0.02 and Non-GAAP net income per share to be between $0.07 and $0.10.

The range of expected GAAP and Non-GAAP net income per share for the fiscal second quarter was calculated using GAAP and Non-GAAP effective tax rates of 46% and 32%, respectively.

Non-GAAP Presentation

This press release contains Non-GAAP financial measures that are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from Non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these Non-GAAP measures: (i) are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles; and (ii) have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with Aeroflex's results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP. As such, these measures should only be used to evaluate Aeroflex's results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures.

Aeroflex believes that the presentation of Non-GAAP financial measures, when shown in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures, provides useful supplemental information to investors and management regarding financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations because they exclude certain non-cash charges or items that management does not believe are reflective of its ongoing operating results when assessing the performance of its business.

Aeroflex believes that these Non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate the comparison by management and investors of results between periods and among its peer companies. However, its peer companies may calculate similar Non-GAAP financial measures differently than Aeroflex, limiting the information’s usefulness as comparative measures.

Webcast and Conference Call Information

Aeroflex will host a live webcast and conference call at 8:15 a.m. (eastern standard time) today, November 7th during which management will discuss the financial results. To participate in the live webcast, please visit the events page of the website located at http://ir.aeroflex.com. Please plan to join five to ten minutes before the start of the webcast to facilitate a timely connection. If you are unable to participate and would like to hear a replay of the call, an audio replay of the webcast will be available on the Aeroflex website or can be accessed telephonically for domestic callers at (888) 286-8010 or internationally at (617) 801-6888 with pass code 95688746.

About Aeroflex

Aeroflex Holding Corp. is a leading global provider of high performance microelectronic components, and test and measurement equipment used by companies in the space, avionics, defense, commercial wireless communications, medical and other markets.

Forward-looking Statements

All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release regarding Aeroflex’s business strategy, financial results and plans and objectives of its management for future operations are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend” and similar expressions, as they relate to Aeroflex or its management, identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on the current beliefs of Aeroflex’s management, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to its management. Actual results could differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including but not limited to, adverse developments in the global economy; changes in government spending; dependence on growth in customers’ businesses; the ability to remain competitive in the markets Aeroflex serves; the inability to continue to develop, manufacture and market innovative, customized products and services that meet customer requirements for performance and reliability; the failure of suppliers to provide raw materials and/or properly functioning component parts; the inability to meet covenants contained in debt agreements; the termination of key contracts, including technology license agreements, or loss of key customers; the inability to protect intellectual property; the failure to comply with regulations such as International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Conflict Minerals regulations, and any changes in regulations; the failure to realize anticipated benefits from completed acquisitions, divestitures or restructurings, or the possibility that such acquisitions, divestitures or restructurings could adversely affect Aeroflex; the loss of key employees; exposure to foreign currency exchange rate risks; and terrorist acts or acts of war. Such statements reflect the current views of management with respect to the future and are subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Aeroflex does not undertake any obligation to update such forward-looking statements. Any projections in this release are based on limited information currently available to Aeroflex, which is subject to change. Although any such projections and the factors influencing them will likely change, Aeroflex will not necessarily update the information, since Aeroflex will only provide guidance at certain points during the year.

 

Aeroflex Holding Corp. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)

 
Three Months Ended September 30,
  2013       2012  
 
Net sales $ 132,732 $ 137,635
Cost of sales   66,914     69,413  
Gross profit   65,818     68,222  
 
Operating expenses:
Selling, general and administrative costs 33,168 35,520
Research and development costs 21,485 20,878
Amortization of acquired intangibles 10,518 14,580
Restructuring charges   684     3,267  
Total operating expenses   65,855     74,245  
Operating income (loss)   (37 )   (6,023 )
 
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (7,252 ) (10,078 )
Write-off of deferred financing costs - (597 )
Other income (expense), net   (51 )   (289 )
Total other income (expense), net   (7,303 )   (10,964 )
 
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes (7,340 ) (16,987 )
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   (3,385 )   (2,471 )
Income (loss) from continuing operations   (3,955 )   (14,516 )
 
Discontinued operations:
Income from discontinued operations,
net of tax provision of $105 and $117 360 377
Gain on disposal of operations, net of tax of $0   14,102     -  
Income from discontinued operations   14,462     377  
 
Net income (loss) $ 10,507   $ (14,139 )
 
Income (loss) per common share - basic and diluted:
Continuing operations $ (0.05 ) $ (0.17 )
Discontinued operations   0.17     -  
Net income (loss) $ 0.12   $ (0.17 )
 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:
Basic and diluted   84,916     84,836  
 
 

Unaudited Selected Segment Data

(In thousands except percentages)

   
Three Months Ended
September 30,
  2013       2012  
Net sales:
Microelectronic solutions ("AMS") $ 74,006 $ 78,072
Test solutions ("ATS")   58,726     59,563  
Total net sales $ 132,732   $ 137,635  
 
Gross profit:
- AMS $ 34,294 $ 37,783
- ATS   31,524     30,439  
Total gross profit $ 65,818   $ 68,222  
 
Gross margin:
- AMS 46.3 % 48.4 %
- ATS 53.7 % 51.1 %
Total gross margin 49.6 % 49.6 %
 
 

Aeroflex Holding Corp. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

   
September 30,

 June 30, 

  2013     2013  

Assets

Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 62,793 $ 39,424
Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts of
$3,379 and $3,422 119,320 151,163
Inventories 171,782 156,516
Deferred income taxes 35,509 35,491
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   12,826     9,374  
Total current assets 402,230 391,968
 
Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of
$118,014 and $122,479 101,890 101,546
Deferred financing costs, net 11,152 11,580
Other assets 31,541 31,886
Intangible assets with definite lives, net 55,683 65,552
Intangible assets with indefinite lives 112,373 110,779
Goodwill   316,155     315,643  
 
Total assets $ 1,031,024   $ 1,028,954  
 

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 35,209 $ 34,768
Advance payments by customers and deferred revenue 22,762 23,490
Income taxes payable 401 12,003
Accrued payroll expenses 22,002 21,694
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   33,568     37,184  
Total current liabilities 113,942 129,139
 
Long-term debt 587,000 587,000
Deferred income taxes 64,970 67,296
Other long-term liabilities   21,378     23,061  
Total liabilities   787,290     806,496  
 
Stockholders' equity:

Preferred stock, par value $.01 per share; 50,000,000 shares authorized,

no shares issued and outstanding - -
Common stock, par value $.01 per share; 300,000,000 shares authorized,
84,942,690 and 84,936,582 shares issued and outstanding 849 849
Additional paid-in capital 652,144 651,950
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (32,831 ) (43,406 )
Accumulated deficit   (376,428 )   (386,935 )
Total stockholders' equity   243,734     222,458  
 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,031,024   $ 1,028,954  
 
 

Aeroflex Holding Corp. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

 

Three Months Ended

September 30,

  2013       2012  
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income (loss) $ 10,507 $ (14,139 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in)
operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 16,449 20,123
Gain on disposal of operations (14,102 ) -
Write-off of deferred financing costs - 597
Deferred income taxes (3,341 ) (2,629 )
Share-based compensation 882 636
Amortization of deferred financing costs 428 554
Other, net (14 ) 511
Change in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects from sale of business:
Decrease (increase) in accounts receivable 29,457 33,023
Decrease (increase) in inventories (14,572 ) 94
Decrease (increase) in prepaid expenses and other assets (1,904 ) (1,438 )
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities   (16,054 )   (5,338 )
 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   7,736     31,994  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Net proceeds from the sale of business 18,389 -
Capital expenditures (5,307 ) (4,087 )
Other, net   115     248  
 
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   13,197     (3,839 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Debt repayments - (25,000 )
Other, net   (901 )   (21 )
 
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   (901 )   (25,021 )
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   3,337     777  
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 23,369 3,911
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   39,424     41,324  
 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 62,793   $ 45,235  
 
 

Aeroflex Holding Corp. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP Operating Income (Loss) to Non-GAAP Operating Income

(In thousands)

 
Three Months Ended
September 30,
  2013       2012  
Operating income (loss) - GAAP $ (37 ) $ (6,023 )
Amortization of acquired intangibles 10,518 14,580
Restructuring related costs, including pro forma savings(a) 684 4,608
Share-based compensation 882 636
Other adjustments   500     1,158  
Operating income - non-GAAP $ 12,547   $ 14,959  
 
 

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income (Loss) to Non-GAAP Net Income

(In thousands)

 
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  2013       2012  
Net income (loss) - GAAP $ 10,507 $ (14,139 )
Income from discontinued operations   (14,462 )   (377 )
Income (loss) from continuing operations (3,955 ) (14,516 )
Amortization of acquired intangibles 10,518 14,580
Restructuring related costs, including pro forma savings(a) 684 4,608
Share-based compensation 882 636
Write-off of deferred financing costs - 597
Amortization of deferred financing costs 428 554
Other adjustments 500 1,158
Tax impact of adjustments   (5,206 )   (4,123 )
Net income - non-GAAP $ 3,851   $ 3,494  
 
 

Aeroflex Holding Corp. and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA

(In thousands)

 
Three Months Ended September 30,
  2013       2012  
(In thousands)
 
Net income (loss) $ 10,507 $ (14,139 )
Income from discontinued operations   (14,462 )   (377 )
Income (loss) from continuing operations (3,955 ) (14,516 )
Interest expense 7,252 10,078
Provision (benefit) for income taxes (3,385 ) (2,471 )
Depreciation and amortization   16,449     20,123  
EBITDA 16,361 13,214
 
Restructuring related costs, including pro forma savings(a) 684 4,608
Share-based compensation 882 636
Write-off of deferred financing costs - 597
Other defined items(b)   14     797  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 17,941   $ 19,852  
 

(a)

  Primarily reflects costs associated with the reorganization of Aeroflex’s European operations and consolidation of certain of its U.S. operations. Pro forma savings reflect the costs that Aeroflex estimates would have been eliminated during the fiscal year in which a restructuring occurred had the restructuring occurred as of the first day of that fiscal year. Pro forma savings were estimated to be $0 and $1.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, respectively. The pro forma savings for the three months ended September 30, 2012 includes an additional $0.9 million which was not reflected in Aeroflex’s Adjusted EBITDA as reported in its September 30, 2012 report on Form 10-Q as it relates to restructuring activities recorded throughout fiscal 2013.
 
(b) Reflects other adjustments required in calculating Aeroflex’s debt covenant compliance. These other defined items include legal fees related to certain litigation and business acquisition and divestiture related costs.


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