• Esterline Reports Fiscal 2019 First Quarter Financial Results

    Source: Nasdaq GlobeNewswire / 31 Jan 2019 16:05:57   America/New_York

    • Fiscal 2019 First Quarter Results
      • Sales of $485.0 million
      • GAAP income from continuing operations of $34.0 million, or $1.14 per diluted share
      • Adjusted income from continuing operations of $36.8 million, or $1.24 per diluted share, excludes $3.0 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, of expenses related to the company’s pending transaction with TransDigm

    BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan. 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Esterline Corporation (NYSE:ESL) (www.esterline.com), a leading specialty manufacturer serving global aerospace and defense markets, today reported results for the fiscal 2019 first quarter ended December 28, 2018. 

    On October 9, 2018, the company entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger pursuant to which TransDigm Group Incorporated (TransDigm) will purchase all of the outstanding shares of Esterline common stock for $122.50 per share in cash. Esterline shareholders approved the transaction on January 17, 2019. The transaction is expected to close in March or April of 2019.

    Consolidated GAAP first quarter revenue of $485.0 million compared favorably with the prior-year result of $482.0 million.

    Consolidated GAAP earnings from continuing operations in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 were $34.0 million, or $1.14 per diluted share. These results included $3.0 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, of after-tax expenses directly related to Esterline’s pending transaction with TransDigm. Adjusted earnings from continuing operations were $36.8 million, or $1.24 per diluted share, excluding these transaction-related expenses.

    In the first quarter of fiscal 2018, the company recorded a consolidated GAAP loss from continuing operations of $34.8 million, or $1.16 per diluted share. Enactment of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 resulted in a provisional one-time, non-cash tax expense of $48.6 million, or $1.62 per diluted share, during the period. Excluding the discrete impact of the TCJA, the company generated adjusted earnings from continuing operations of $13.8 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, during the first fiscal quarter of 2018.

    First Quarter Results of Operations

    The company reported consolidated operating earnings before interest and tax in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 of $49.0 million, or 10.1% of sales, compared with $24.9 million, or 5.2% of sales, reported in the prior year. The improvement in operating earnings was driven primarily by gross margin expansion in each of the business segments and lower levels of R&D expenditures in fiscal 2019 as certain aircraft programs moved into production over the course of fiscal 2018.

    The Avionics & Controls segment reported fiscal 2019 first quarter operating earnings of $29.3 million, or 13.9% of sales, on sales of $210.7 million. This compares with operating earnings of $19.2 million, or 9.5% of sales, on sales of $202.7 million in the same period of fiscal 2018. The earnings improvement resulted from a 2.4 percentage point expansion of gross margins in the segment and lower R&D expense. Each business platform within the segment contributed to the gross margin expansion.

    The Sensors & Systems segment reported fiscal first quarter operating earnings of $23.1 million, or 12.8% of sales, on sales of $179.4 million. The segment’s operating earnings in the same period of 2018 were $11.5 million, or 6.6% of sales, on sales of $175.5 million. Sensors & Systems segment operating profit and margins have expanded significantly over the course of the past year. Modestly higher sales, a 2.9 percentage point expansion of gross margins and lower overhead costs were the key drivers of the significant increase in profitability.

    The Advanced Materials segment reported fiscal first quarter operating earnings of $20.1 million, or 21.2% of sales, on sales of $94.8 million. During the same period of fiscal 2018, the segment reported operating earnings of $13.9 million, or 13.4% of sales, on sales of $103.9 million. The fiscal 2018 first quarter performance included $19.5 million of sales and an operating loss of $6.0 million from the Kirkhill business, which Esterline divested in the second fiscal quarter of 2018.

    The company ended the quarter with a cash balance of $391 million, up approximately $19 million from the end of fiscal 2018.

    In light of the previously announced agreement with TransDigm, the company will not hold a first quarter earnings conference call or provide financial guidance for fiscal 2019.

    Non-GAAP Financial Information

    This press release may include non-GAAP financial measures—adjusted earnings from continuing operations and adjusted earnings from continuing operations per diluted share—that have not been calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the U.S. Adjusted earnings from continuing operations consist of earnings from continuing operations attributable to Esterline less the one-time expenses associated with the TCJA and the expenses related to the proposed transaction with TransDigm (described further in the tables below). Adjusted earnings from continuing operations per diluted share divides each element of adjusted earnings from continuing operations by the weighted average number of shares outstanding, diluted for the periods presented. In accordance with the SEC’s requirements, below is the reconciliation of the non-GAAP adjusted earnings from continuing operations to the comparable GAAP earnings from continuing operations in the applicable periods.

    In millions, except per share amounts         
      Three Months Ended
     Three Months Ended
     
      December 28, 2018
     December 29, 2017
     
      Diluted
    EPS
     Diluted
    EPS
     
              
    Earnings (Loss) from Continuing Operations Attributable to Esterline (GAAP), Net of Tax $            34.0 $1.14 $(34.8) $(1.16) 
    Provisional Tax Expense (Benefit) Due to TCJA (0.2) 0.00 48.6 1.62 
    Expenses Related to Proposed Transaction, Net of Tax of $1.0
     3.0 0.10      −  − 
     Adjusted Earnings from Continuing Operations (non-GAAP), Net of Tax
     $36.8 $1.24 $13.8 $0.46 
              

    The company provides these non-GAAP financial measures as supplemental information to the GAAP financial measures. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures to (a) evaluate the company’s historical and prospective financial performance and its performance relative to its competitors, (b) allocate resources, and (c) measure the operational performance of the company’s business units.

    In addition, management believes including these non-GAAP financial measures enhances investors’ and financial analysts’ understanding of the company’s performance as well as their ability to assess and compare the company’s historical results of operations.

    These non-GAAP financial measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the comparable GAAP measures, and free cash flow is not necessarily indicative of amounts available for discretionary use. There are limitations to these non-GAAP financial measures because they are not prepared in accordance with GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies due to potential differences in methods of calculation and items that comprise the calculation. The company compensates for these limitations by using these non-GAAP financial measures as a supplement to the GAAP measures and by providing reconciliations of the non-GAAP and comparable GAAP financial measures. The non-GAAP financial measures should be read only in conjunction with the company’s consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.

    This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” including statements regarding the proposed acquisition of Esterline by TransDigm, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to future events or the company’s future financial performance. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “should” or “will,” or the negative of such terms or other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are only predictions based on the current intent and expectations of the management of Esterline, are not guarantees of future performance or actions, and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and may cause Esterline’s or its industry’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Esterline’s actual results and the timing and outcome of events, including the proposed transaction with TransDigm, may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements due to risks detailed in Esterline’s public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including the definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction with TransDigm and Esterline’s most recent Report on Form 10-K.



    ESTERLINE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Consolidated Statement of Operations (unaudited)
    In thousands, except per share amounts
     
        Three Months Ended
        December 28, December 29,
        2018  2017 
           
    Segment Sales      
    Avionics & Controls   $210,744  $202,703 
    Sensors & Systems   179,448  175,468 
    Advanced Materials   94,795  103,874 
           
    Net Sales   484,987  482,045 
           
    Cost of Sales   318,857  334,316 
        166,130  147,729 
    Expenses      
    Selling, general and administrative   92,738  99,897 
    Research, development and engineering   20,404  25,966 
    License fee income     (3,025)
    Transaction costs   4,021   
    Total Expenses   117,163  122,838 
           
    Operating Earnings from Continuing Operations   48,967  24,891 
    Interest Income   (827) (298)
    Interest Expense   6,774  7,604 
    Other Income   (2,143) (1,742)
           
    Earnings from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes   45,163  19,327 
    Income Tax Expense   11,280  53,789 
    Earnings (Loss) from Continuing Operations Including Noncontrolling Interests   33,883  (34,462)
    Loss (Earnings) Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests   71  (353)
    Earnings (Loss) from Continuing Operations Attributable to Esterline, Net of Tax   33,954  (34,815)
    Loss from Discontinued Operations Attributable to Esterline, Net of Tax   (156) (166)
    Net Earnings (Loss) Attributable to Esterline   $33,798  $(34,981)
           
    Earnings (Loss) Per Share — Basic:      
    Continuing Operations   $1.15  $(1.16)
    Discontinued Operations    (.01)   (.01)
    Earnings (Loss) Per Share — Basic   $1.14  $(1.17)
           
    Earnings (Loss) Per Share — Diluted:      
    Continuing Operations   $1.14  $(1.16)
    Discontinued Operations    (.01)   (.01)
    Earnings (Loss) Per Share — Diluted   $1.13  $(1.17)
           
           
    Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding — Basic   29,530  29,903 
           
    Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding — Diluted  29,887  29,903 


    ESTERLINE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Consolidated Sales and Earnings from Continuing Operations by Segment (unaudited)
    In thousands
     
        Three Months Ended
        December 28, December 29,
        2018  2017 
           
    Segment Sales      
    Avionics & Controls   $210,744  $202,703 
    Sensors & Systems   179,448  175,468 
    Advanced Materials   94,795  103,874 
    Net Sales   $484,987  $482,045 
           
    Earnings from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes      
    Avionics & Controls   $29,293  $19,181 
    Sensors & Systems   23,053  11,522 
    Advanced Materials   20,125  13,898 
    Segment Earnings   72,471  44,601 
           
    Corporate expense   (23,504) (19,710)
    Interest income   827  298 
    Interest expense   (6,774) (7,604)
    Other income   2,143  1,742 
           
    Earnings from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes   $45,163  $19,327 


    ESTERLINE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Consolidated Balance Sheet
    In thousands
     
        December 28, September 28,
        2018 2018
    Assets   (unaudited)  
    Current Assets      
    Cash and cash equivalents   $391,182 $372,406
    Accounts receivable, net   439,401 441,696
    Inventories   452,190 457,226
    Income tax refundable   10,697 9,077
    Prepaid expenses   24,393 19,975
    Other current assets   4,272 3,497
    Total Current Assets   1,322,135 1,303,877
           
    Property, Plant and Equipment, Net   309,734 314,806
           
    Other Non-Current Assets      
    Goodwill   1,013,461 1,030,667
    Intangibles, net   289,869 306,085
    Deferred income tax benefits   44,873 44,008
    Other assets   37,309 33,249
    Non-current assets of businesses held for sale    4,225
    Total Assets   $3,017,381 $3,036,917
    Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity      
    Current Liabilities      
    Accounts payable   $123,979 $147,438
    Accrued liabilities   228,865 232,730
    Current maturities of long-term debt   17,439 17,546
    Federal and foreign income taxes   7,763 5,160
    Current liabilities of businesses held for sale    144
    Total Current Liabilities   378,046 403,018
           
    Long-Term Liabilities      
    Long-term debt, net of current maturities   646,845 654,922
    Deferred income tax liabilities   26,095 28,899
    Pension and post-retirement obligations   56,909 57,755
    Long-term taxes payable   33,204 32,902
    Other liabilities   18,776 16,294
           
    Total Shareholders’ Equity   1,857,506 1,843,127
    Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity   $3,017,381 $3,036,917
           


    Contact:
    Investor Relations – John Hobbs
    Media – Michelle DeGrand
    +1 425-453-9400

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