AeroVironment, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2012 Third Quarter Results

MONROVIA, Calif.--()--AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today reported financial results for its third quarter ending January 28, 2012.

"As of the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 our revenue is up 15% and diluted earnings per share have grown by 50% compared to the same point last fiscal year," said Tim Conver, AeroVironment chairman and chief executive officer. "Q3 performance would have been much higher but an administrative delay in customer acceptance pushed the delivery of about $20 million in Raven and Puma systems completed in Q3 into the first week of the fourth quarter. This resulted in third quarter revenue of $72 million and fully diluted earnings per share of $0.26, which were lower than planned but do not affect our outlook for the full fiscal year. Small UAS products and services, electric vehicle test and EV charging systems continue to demonstrate solid performance, Switchblade continues to gain traction with customers and our development programs continue to advance toward future adoption, supporting AeroVironment's long-term growth objectives."

FISCAL 2012 THIRD QUARTER RESULTS

Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 was $72.0 million, down 15% over third quarter fiscal 2011 revenue of $84.4 million. The decrease in revenue resulted from decreased sales in our Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) segment of $14.5 million partially offset by increased sales in our Efficient Energy Systems (EES) segment of $2.0 million.

Income from operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 was $7.3 million, a decrease of $8.4 million from third quarter fiscal 2011 income from operations of $15.7 million. The decrease in income from operations resulted from lower gross margin of $6.7 million and higher selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense of $2.3 million offset by lower research and development (R&D) expense of $0.6 million.

Net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 was $5.7 million, a decrease of $5.8 million from third quarter fiscal 2011 net income of $11.5 million.

Earnings per diluted share for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 were $0.26, a decrease of $0.26 from third quarter fiscal 2011 earnings per diluted share of $0.52.

FISCAL 2012 YEAR-TO-DATE RESULTS

Revenue for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 was $214.3 million, up 15% from the first nine months of fiscal 2011 revenue of $186.4 million. The increase in revenue resulted from increased sales in our UAS segment of $17.6 million and EES segment of $10.3 million.

Income from operations for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 was $17.3 million, an increase of $8.5 million from the first nine months of fiscal 2011 income from operations of $8.8 million. The increase in income from operations was caused by higher gross margin of $11.8 million and lower R&D expense of $0.9 million, partially offset by higher SG&A expense of $4.2 million.

Net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 was $12.7 million, an increase of $4.4 million from the first nine months of fiscal 2011 net income of $8.3 million.

Earnings per diluted share for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 were $0.57, an increase of $0.19 from the first nine months of fiscal 2011 earnings per diluted share of $0.38.

BACKLOG

As of January 28, 2012, funded backlog (unfilled firm orders for which funding is currently appropriated to us under a customer contract) was $85.5 million compared to $82.9 million as of April 30, 2011.

FISCAL 2012 — OUTLOOK FOR THE FULL YEAR

For fiscal year 2012, the Company reiterates its revenue guidance of $321 million to $336 million, and earnings per share of $1.28 to $1.35 on a fully diluted basis.

The foregoing estimates are forward looking and reflect management’s view of current and future market conditions, including certain assumptions with respect to our ability to obtain and retain government contracts, changes in the demand for our products and services, activities of competitors and changes in the regulatory environment, and general economic and business conditions in the United States and elsewhere in the world. Investors are reminded that actual results may differ materially from these estimates.

CONFERENCE CALL

In conjunction with this release, AeroVironment, Inc. will host a conference call today, Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 1:30 pm Pacific Time that will be broadcast live over the Internet. Timothy E. Conver, chairman and chief executive officer, Jikun Kim, chief financial officer, and Steven A. Gitlin, vice president of investor relations, will host the call.

4:30 PM ET
3:30 PM CT
2:30 PM MT
1:30 PM PT

Investors may dial into the call at (877) 561-2749 (U.S.) or (678) 809-1029 (international) five to ten minutes prior to the start time to allow for registration.

Investors with Internet access may listen to the live audio webcast via the Investor Relations page of the AeroVironment, Inc. website, http://investor.avinc.com. Please allow 15 minutes prior to the call to download and install any necessary audio software.

Audio Replay Options

An audio replay of the event will be archived on the Investor Relations page of the Company's website, at http://investor.avinc.com. The audio replay will also be available via telephone from Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at approximately 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time through Tuesday, March 13, at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Dial (855) 859-2056 and enter the passcode 44382732. International callers should dial (404) 537-3406 and enter the same passcode number to access the audio replay.

ABOUT AEROVIRONMENT, INC.

AeroVironment is a technology solutions provider that designs, develops, produces and supports an advanced portfolio of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and electric transportation solutions. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company’s battery-powered, hand-launched unmanned aircraft systems extensively to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance and communication. AeroVironment’s electric transportation solutions include a comprehensive suite of electric vehicle (EV) charging systems, installation and network services for consumers, automakers, utilities and government agencies, power cycling and test systems for EV developers and industrial electric vehicle charging systems for commercial fleets. More information about AeroVironment is available at www.avinc.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, any statement that may predict, forecast, indicate or imply future results, performance or achievements, and may contain words such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “estimate,” “intend,” “project,” “plan,” or words or phrases with similar meaning. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, economic, competitive, governmental and technological factors outside of our control, that may cause our business, strategy or actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, reliance on sales to the U.S. government; changes in the supply and/or demand and/or prices for our products; the activities of competitors; failure of the markets in which we operate to grow; failure to expand into new markets; changes in significant operating expenses, including components and raw materials; failure to develop new products; changes in the regulatory environment; and general economic and business conditions in the United States and elsewhere in the world. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not intend, and undertake no obligation, to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

- Financial Tables Follow -

   
AeroVironment, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
(In thousands except share and per share data)
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
January 28,   January 29, January 28,   January 29,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Revenue:
Product sales $ 36,645 $ 45,996 $ 113,802 $ 90,710
Contract services 35,319 38,438 100,531 95,733
71,964 84,434 214,333 186,443
Cost of sales:
Product sales 23,587 25,869 69,958 55,201
Contract services 20,944 24,436 64,597 63,302
44,531 50,305 134,555 118,503
Gross margin 27,433 34,129 79,778 67,940
Selling, general and administrative 12,866 10,578 38,806 34,634
Research and development 7,238 7,872 23,640 24,533
Income from operations 7,329 15,679 17,332 8,773
Other income:
Interest income 129 49 313 215
Income before income taxes 7,458 15,728 17,645 8,988
Provision for income taxes 1,714 4,274 4,988 715
Net income $ 5,744 $ 11,454 $ 12,657 $ 8,273
Earnings per share data:
Basic $ 0.26 $ 0.53 $ 0.58 $ 0.38
Diluted $ 0.26 $ 0.52 $ 0.57 $ 0.38
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 21,797,802 21,594,032 21,761,927 21,568,541
Diluted 22,317,015 22,096,989 22,269,675 22,046,479
 
   
AeroVironment, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands except share and per share data)
 
January 28,
2012
April 30,
2011
(Unaudited)
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 65,865 $ 62,041
Short-term investments 88,572 126,839
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $984 at January 28, 2012 and $639 at April 30, 2011 24,213 44,376
Unbilled receivables and retentions 24,507 21,966
Inventories, net 48,447 38,137
Deferred income taxes 2,810 2,300
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 2,793 2,372
Total current assets 257,207 298,031
Long-term investments 36,497 6,275
Property and equipment, net 20,936 17,498
Deferred income taxes 9,704 9,762
Other assets 201 181
Total assets $ 324,545 $ 331,747
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 13,375 $ 31,134
Wages and related accruals 13,726 15,458
Income taxes payable 1,927 7,404
Other current liabilities 9,114 7,384
Liability for uncertain tax positions 724 724
Total current liabilities 38,866 62,104
Wages and other accruals 1,124 762
Deferred rent 1,081 1,275
Liability for uncertain tax positions 3,656 4,138
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value:
Authorized shares — 10,000,000
None issued or outstanding
Common stock, $0.0001 par value:
Authorized shares — 100,000,000
Issued and outstanding shares — 22,146,714 at January 28, 2012 and 21,949,884 at April 30, 2011 2 2
Additional paid-in capital 123,371 119,765
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (697 ) (784 )
Retained earnings 157,142 144,485
Total stockholders’ equity 279,818 263,468
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 324,545 $ 331,747
 
 
AeroVironment, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
Nine Months Ended
January 28,
2012
  January 29,
2011
Operating activities
Net income $ 12,657 $ 8,273
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 6,418 8,105
Provision for doubtful accounts 354 59
Deferred income taxes (510 ) 125
Stock-based compensation 2,319 1,672
Tax benefit from exercise of stock options 664 493
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation (115 )
Gain on sale of property and equipment (13 ) (54 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable 19,809 (5,866 )
Unbilled receivables and retentions (2,541 ) (859 )
Inventories (10,310 ) (7,952 )
Other assets (441 ) (1,198 )
Accounts payable (17,759 ) 2,962
Other liabilities (5,678 ) (2,739 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 4,854 3,021
Investing activities
Acquisitions of property and equipment (9,856 ) (6,207 )
Proceeds from the sale of property and equipment 13 108
Net sales of held-to-maturity investments 7,965 12,986
Net sales of available-for-sale investments 225 200
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities (1,653 ) 7,087
Financing activities
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 115
Exercise of stock options 508 326
Net cash provided by financing activities 623 326
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 3,824 10,434
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 62,041 28,665
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 65,865 $ 39,099
 
Supplemental disclosure:
Unrealized gain (loss) on long-term investments recorded in other comprehensive income, net of deferred taxes of $59 and $43, respectively $ 87 $ (65 )
 
   
Reportable Segment Results are as Follows (Unaudited):
(In thousands)
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
January 28,   January 29, January 28,   January 29,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Revenue:
UAS $ 57,247 $ 71,733 $ 176,383 $ 158,796
EES 14,717 12,701 37,950 27,647
Total 71,964 84,434 214,333 186,443
Gross margin:
UAS 23,151 29,003 70,580 56,807
EES 4,282 5,126 9,198 11,133
Total 27,433 34,129 79,778 67,940
Selling, general and administrative 12,866 10,578 38,806 34,634
Research and development 7,238 7,872 23,640 24,533
Income from operations 7,329 15,679 17,332 8,773
Interest income 129 49 313 215
Income before income taxes $ 7,458 $ 15,728 $ 17,645 $ 8,988
 

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Steven Gitlin
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ir@avinc.com

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AeroVironment, Inc.
Steven Gitlin
+1 (626) 357-9983
ir@avinc.com