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
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)
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
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
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- Fiscal 2019 First Quarter Results