September 23, 2014

WOOD DALE, ILLINOIS (September 23, 2014) — AAR (NYSE: AIR) today reported first quarter fiscal year 2015 consolidated sales of $469.2 million and net income of $14.4 million, or $0.36 per diluted share.  For the first quarter of the prior fiscal year, the Company reported sales of $514.5 million and net income of $17.9 million, or $0.45 per diluted share.

“Although performance in the first quarter was in line with our expectations, sales in both segments were down for the quarter,” said David P. Storch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AAR CORP.  “In the Aviation Services segment, we saw a 7% increase in revenues to commercial customers while sales to defense customers declined by 27%. The increase in commercial sales was driven by strength in supply chain. The decline in defense sales was largely due to the drawdown of aircraft positions in Afghanistan and a delay in commencement of new contracts in Africa for our airlift business. In the Technology Products segment, lower sales of mobility products contributed to the sales decline.”

Storch continued, “Over the balance of the year, we expect lower results for our businesses that support the military’s operational tempo – airlift and mobility. While we expect continued strength in our commercial and defense supply chain businesses, as well as improvement in our MRO performance, this will not fully offset the anticipated reductions related to military operations.”

During the quarter, the Company announced the following new business wins:

  • A ten-year exclusive distribution agreement with EATON for aircraft fluid-distribution products, oil debris-monitoring technology, engine seals and other products for commercial airlines. Revenues under this program will start in October and will fully ramp within a year.
  • Agreement with the U.S. Army to upgrade and overhaul Auxiliary Power Units for its UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, which started in the second quarter.

Subsequent to quarter end, the Company had the following new business awards:

  • Two airlift contracts valued at approximately $83 million over five years, to provide dedicated rotary- and fixed-wing airlift services to U.S. Africa Command with operations commencing in the second quarter.
  • A five-year agreement with Air Nostrum to overhaul landing gear on its CRJ900 aircraft fleet. The contract began in the second quarter and builds upon AAR’s existing relationship and experience servicing landing gear on the airline’s entire fleet of CRJ200s over the past seven years.
  • Contracts for maintenance and engineering work on narrow- and wide-body aircraft at the Lake Charles MRO facility with two major U.S. carriers, a leasing company, and a VIP aircraft operator, which started in the second quarter.

First quarter sales to commercial customers represented 65% of consolidated sales, compared to 58% of consolidated sales in the first quarter of last year.  The balance of the sales was to government and defense customers.

Selling, general and administrative expenses declined $2.8 million over the prior year period as a result of cost savings measures implemented by the Company over the past several quarters.  Net interest expense for the quarter decreased to $9.5 million from $10.7 million last year. During the quarter, the Company generated $15.0 million in cash flow from operations and free cash flow of $6.0 million, while adding to its investment in its supply chain businesses.  In the first quarter, the Company also paid out dividends to shareholders of $3.0 million.  Average diluted share count for the quarter was 39.2 million compared to 39.0 million in the first quarter last year.

Company Guidance       

The Company’s previous earnings guidance included assumptions on the number and mix of contracted Airlift positions, including certain awards that now seem unlikely to materialize.  Therefore, the Company is adjusting its earnings per share guidance from a range of $1.80 to $1.90 to a range of $1.65 to $1.75 and its sales guidance from a range of $2.100 to $2.150 billion to a range of $2.000 to $2.050 billion.

Conference Call Information

AAR will hold its quarterly conference call at 3:45 p.m. CST on September 23, 2014. The conference call can be accessed by calling 866-802-4322 from inside the U.S. or 703-639-1319 from outside the U.S.  A replay of the conference call will be available by calling 888-266-2081 from inside the U.S. or 703-925-2533 from outside the U.S. (access code 1623126). The replay will be available from 8:15 p.m. CST on September 23, 2014, until 11:59 p.m. CST on September 30, 2014.

Contact:John Fortson, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer | (630) 227-2075 | john.fortson@aarcorp.com




AAR CORP. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Income

(In millions except per share data - unaudited)

Three Months Ended

August 31,










Cost and expenses:


Cost of sales




Selling, general and administrative





Earnings from aircraft joint ventures





Operating income





Interest expense




Interest income





Income before income taxes




Income tax expense




Net income attributable to AAR and noncontrolling interest




Income attributable to noncontrolling interest




Net income attributable to AAR





Earnings per share – Basic





Earnings per share – Diluted





Share Data:


Average shares outstanding – Basic




Average shares outstanding – Diluted








AAR CORP. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheet Highlights

(In millions except per share data)

August 31,


May 31,



Cash and cash equivalents

$ 81.8

$ 89.2

Current assets



Current liabilities (excluding debt accounts)



Net property, plant and equipment



Total assets



Total debt



Stockholders' equity



Book value per share

$ 25.18

$ 25.27

Shares outstanding




Sales By Business Segment

(In millions - unaudited)

Three Months Ended

August 31,




Aviation Services

$ 363.7

$ 393.7

Technology Products




$ 469.2

$ 514.5


Gross Profit by Business Segment

(In millions- unaudited)

Three Months Ended

August 31,




Aviation Services



Technology Products







Diluted Earnings Per Share Calculation

(In millions except per share data- unaudited)

Three Months Ended

August 31,




Net income attributable to AAR



Add: After-tax interest on convertible debt



Less: Income attributable to participating shares



Net income for diluted EPS calculation




Diluted shares outstanding




Diluted earnings per share

$ 0.36

$ 0.45




Note: Pursuant to SEC Regulation G, the Company has included the following reconciliation of financial measure reported on a non-GAAP basis to compare financial measures reported on the basis of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"). The company uses free cash flow for the three-month period ended August 31, 2014 to evaluate its financial results and trends, and believes it is useful for the reader of this press release.


Free Cash Flow

(In millions - unaudited)


Three Months Ended

August 31,




Net cash provided from operating activities

$ 15.0


Less: Property, plant and equipment expenditures



Free Cash Flow

$ 6.0


Net Debt

(In millions - unaudited)


August 31,

August 31,





Total debt





Less: Cash and cash equivalents





Net debt









About AAR

AAR is a global aftermarket solutions company that employs more than 6,000 people in over 20 countries. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR supports commercial aviation and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services. AAR’s Aviation Services include inventory management; parts supply; OEM parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; engineering services and component repair. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include airlift operations; mobility systems; and command and control centers in support of military and humanitarian missions. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.

Media contact: Daniela Pietsch, Vice President Corporate Marketing & Communications, at editor@aarcorp.com or +1 630-227-5100. 

This press release contains certain statements relating to future results, which are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on beliefs of Company management, as well as assumptions and estimates based on information currently available to the Company, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those anticipated, including those factors discussed under Item 1A, entitled “Risk Factors”, included in the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2018. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize adversely, or should underlying assumptions or estimates prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described. These events and uncertainties are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many are beyond the Company’s control. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events. For additional information, see the comments included in AAR’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.