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Press release

July 06, 2011

AAR Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2011 Results

  • Fourth quarter sales of $480 million, up 32% year-over-year
  • Fiscal year 2011 sales of $1.776 billion, up 35% year-over-year
  • Fourth quarter diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.55 ($0.05 per diluted share of tax benefit), up 77% year-over-year
  • Fiscal year 2011 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.81, up 50% year-over-year
  • Fourth quarter cash flow from operations of $49 million; fiscal year 2011 cash flow from operations of $109 million

WOOD DALE, Ill., /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --AAR (NYSE: AIR) today reported record sales of $479.8 million in its fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011 and record income from continuing operations of $22.7 million, or $0.55 diluted earnings per share. For the fourth quarter of its last fiscal year, the Company reported sales of $364.8 million and income from continuing operations of $11.9 million, or $0.31 diluted earnings per share.

For the Company's fiscal year 2011, sales were a record $1.776 billion, a 35% increase versus the prior year, and income from continuing operations was a record $73.1 million, or $1.81 per diluted share compared with $1.21 per diluted share for fiscal year 2010.

Sales to commercial customers increased 25% compared to the fourth quarter of last year and 24% for all of fiscal year 2011. The sales growth was driven by improved industry conditions and market share gains. The Company saw an increase in demand for spare parts and equipment, and annual hours sold at its airframe maintenance facilities exceeded three million hours for the first time as the Company added new customers and won additional work from existing customers. Additionally, the Company experienced double-digit sales growth to international customers.

Sales to defense customers increased 38% in the fourth quarter and were up 46% for the fiscal year. The sales growth was attributable to strength at the Company's Defense Logistics business and performance at AAR Airlift, which was acquired approximately mid-way through the fourth quarter of last year. The Company's industry leading Mobility Products business also had a strong year, while at lower levels than the prior year.

Commenting on fiscal year 2011, David P. Storch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AAR CORP., stated, "I am very proud of the exceptional results that our team produced in fiscal year 2011. Sales growth to commercial customers for the year was 24%, far outpacing the overall growth rate for the industry as we benefitted from investments made in anticipation of the commercial market recovery. Strong organic growth and the acquisition of AAR Airlift spurred the growth in sales to our government and defense customers. We also made significant progress with our integration and re-branding efforts at AAR Airlift, including the deployment of 14 additional aircraft for new business awarded since we closed on the acquisition. Further, I am pleased with the steady improvement in our overall operating margin, which increased from 6.9% in the fourth quarter of last year to 8.2% this year."

During the fourth quarter, the Company sold substantially all of the assets of a non-strategic product line within the MRO segment. Proceeds from the sale were $10 million cash paid at closing, and the net carrying value of the assets sold were $4.1 million, resulting in a pre-tax gain on sale of product line of $5.9 million.

Also during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2011, the Company and its joint venture partners entered into negotiations and subsequently signed letters of intent to sell five aircraft from its leased aircraft portfolio for delivery in fiscal year 2012. Two of these aircraft are wholly-owned and three are owned through joint ventures. Collectively, the disposition of these five aircraft is expected to generate approximately $25 million in net cash proceeds to the Company during fiscal year 2012. The Company recorded a $5.4 million pre-tax impairment charge during the fourth quarter to reduce the carrying value of one of the wholly-owned aircraft expected to be sold, to its net realizable value.

Consolidated gross profit margin was 17.0% for the fourth quarter compared to 18.3% last year. Excluding the impact of the aircraft impairment charge discussed above, the fourth quarter fiscal year 2011 gross profit margin was 18.1%. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $7.4 million for the quarter, to $49.0 million. The increase in selling, general and administrative expenses over the prior year was primarily due to SG&A at AAR Airlift, which included $2.2 million of relocation expenses as the move to its new Florida location was substantially completed. SG&A expenses as a percentage of sales declined to 10.2% compared to 11.4% in the year ago period.

Cash flow from operations was $48.7 million in the fourth quarter. Net interest expense increased $0.9 million primarily due to higher average outstanding borrowings compared to last year. The effective income tax rate was 27.5% versus 36.4% a year ago. During the fourth quarter, the Company recorded a net $2.3 million ($0.05 per diluted share) tax benefit, which was primarily the result of a favorable settlement concerning allowable tax credits on the Company's fiscal year 2007 through 2009 federal income tax returns. During fiscal year 2012, the Company expects its effective income tax rate to be approximately 35%.

In April 2011, the Company entered into a new, senior $400 million unsecured revolving credit facility. This agreement replaces the previous $250 million unsecured revolving credit facility. In addition, based on a detailed review of the Company's outlook, the Board of Directors approved a $0.075 per share quarterly cash dividend at its April 2011 meeting.

Storch concluded, "We enter the new fiscal year with momentum, bolstered by recently announced contract wins, including the multi-year distribution agreement with Unison and a new contract for additional fixed-wing aircraft in support of USTRANSCOM. We continue to see positive trends in the commercial air transportation markets and although we are expecting cuts in the U.S. Department of Defense budgets, we believe the products and services we supply will be less susceptible to budget reductions."

AAR is a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and government and defense industries. With facilities and sales locations around the world, AAR uses its close-to-the-customer business model to serve aviation and government and defense customers through four operating segments: Aviation Supply Chain; Government and Defense Services; Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul; and Structures and Systems. More information can be found at http://www.aarcorp.com/.

AAR will hold its quarterly conference call at 7:30 a.m. CDT on July 7, 2011. The conference call can be accessed by calling 866-206-6900 from inside the U.S. or 703-639-1110 from outside the U.S. A replay of the 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 1539530) from 11:30 a.m. CDT on July 7, 2011 until 11:59 p.m. CDT on July 14, 2011.

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 May 31, 2010 Form 10-K. 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.

AAR CORP. and Subsidiaries

 

Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands except per share data)

Three Months Ended

May 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended

May 31,

 
 

2011

2010

 

2011

2010

 
         

Sales

$ 479,836

 

$ 364,809

 

$1,775,782

 

$1,316,416

 

Cost and expenses:

               

Cost of sales

392,873

 

298,064

 

1,467,367

 

1,076,066

 

Cost of sales - impairment

5,355

 

---

 

5,355

 

---

 

Selling, general and administrative

48,956

 

41,572

 

173,599

 

146,693

 
                 

Gain on sale of product line

5,922

 

---

 

5,922

 

---

 

Earnings (loss) from aircraft joint ventures

731

 

(38)

 

3,344

 

112

 
                 

Operating income

39,305

 

25,135

 

138,727

 

93,769

 
                 

Gain (loss) on extinguishment of debt

---

 

(20)

 

97

 

893

 
                 

Interest expense

8,063

 

7,290

 

30,670

 

26,831

 

Interest income

51

 

193

 

349

 

945

 

Gain (loss) on sale of investments

---

 

726

 

---

 

(1,150)

 
                 

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

31,293

 

18,744

 

108,503

 

67,626

 

Income tax expense

8,595

 

6,830

 

35,364

 

22,190

 

Income from continuing operations

22,698

 

11,914

 

73,139

 

45,436

 
                 

Discontinued operations, net of tax

(1,278)

 

(848)

 

(3,313)

 

(2,234)

 

Net income attributable to AAR and

noncontrolling interest

21,420

 

11,066

 

69,826

 

43,202

 

Loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

---

 

134

 

---

 

1,426

 

Net income attributable to AAR

$ 21,420

 

$ 11,200

 

$ 69,826

 

$ 44,628

 

Earnings per share - Basic:

               

Earnings from continuing operations

$ 0.57

 

$ 0.31

 

$ 1.85

 

$ 1.20

 

Loss from discontinued operations

(0.03)

 

(0.02)

 

(0.09)

 

(0.06)

 

Earnings per share - Basic

$ 0.54

 

$ 0.29

 

$ 1.76

 

$ 1.14

 
                 

Earnings per share - Diluted:

               

Earnings from continuing operations

$ 0.55

 

$ 0.31

 

$ 1.81

 

$ 1.21

 

Loss from discontinued operations

(0.03)

 

(0.02)

 

(0.08)

 

(0.05)

 

Earnings per share - Diluted

$ 0.52

 

$ 0.29

 

$ 1.73

 

$ 1.16

 
                 

Share Data:

               
                 

Average shares outstanding - Basic

38,401

 

38,268

 

38,355

 

38,182

 

Average shares outstanding - Diluted

43,768

 

43,278

 

43,593

 

43,091

 
   
                     
   

Consolidated Balance Sheet Highlights

(In thousands except per share data)

May 31,

2011

 

May 31,

2010

 
         

Cash and cash equivalents

$ 57,433

 

$ 79,370

 

Current assets

913,985

 

846,331

 

Current liabilities (excluding debt accounts)

301,935

 

223,856

 

Net property, plant and equipment

324,377

 

219,646

 

Total assets

1,703,727

 

1,500,181

 

Total recourse debt

427,365

 

419,732

 

Total non-recourse obligations

16,512

 

17,292

 

Stockholders' equity

835,289

 

746,350

 

Book value per share

$ 21.00

 

$ 18.90

 

Shares outstanding

39,781

 

39,484

 
   
       
   

Sales By Business Segment

(In thousands)

Three Months Ended

May 31,

Twelve Months Ended

May 31,

 
 

2011

2010

2011

2010

 

Aviation Supply Chain

$ 111,226

$ 95,740

$ 435,778

$ 370,220

 

Government and Defense Services

160,278

80,510

571,343

194,944

 

Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul

109,774

79,669

393,671

301,348

 

Structures and Systems

98,558

108,890

374,990

449,904

 
 

$ 479,836

$ 364,809

$ 1,775,782

$ 1,316,416

 
   

Gross Profit by Business Segment

(In thousands)

Three Months Ended

May 31,

Twelve Months Ended

May 31,

 
 

2011

2010

2011

2010

 

Aviation Supply Chain

$ 13,893

$ 17,134

$ 72,251

$ 67,321

 

Government and Defense Services

32,722

16,944

105,538

42,304

 

Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul

16,337

10,607

55,871

38,206

 

Structures and Systems

18,656

22,060

69,400

92,519

 
 

$ 81,608

$ 66,745

$ 303,060

$ 240,350

 
   
         
   

Diluted Earnings Per Share Calculation

(In thousands except per share data)

Three Months Ended

May 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended

May 31,

 
 

2011

2010

 

2011

2010

 
         

Income from continuing operations attributable to AAR

$ 22,698

 

$ 12,048

 

$ 73,139

 

$ 46,862

 

Add: After-tax interest on convertible debt

1,437

 

1,349

 

5,615

 

5,274

 

Net income for diluted EPS calculation

$ 24,135

 

$ 13,397

 

$ 78,754

 

$ 52,136

 
                 

Diluted shares outstanding

43,768

 

43,278

 

43,593

 

43,091

 
                 

Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations

$ 0.55

 

$ 0.31

 

$ 1.81

 

$ 1.21

 
   
                   

Note: Pursuant to SEC Regulation G, the Company has included the following reconciliations of financial measures reported on a non-GAAP basis to comparable financial measures reported on the basis of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"). The Company believes that the adjusted gross margin percentage for the three-month period ended May 31, 2011 is an important ratio to use for comparison purposes to the current year's gross profit margin.

   

Consolidated

(In thousands)

 

Three Months Ended

May 31, 2011

 
       

Sales

 

$479,836

 
       

Gross profit as reported

 

$81,608

 

Impairment charge

 

5,355

 

Gross profit adjusted for impairment charge

 

$86,963

 
       

Gross profit margin as reported

 

17.0%

 
       

Gross profit margin adjusted for impairment charge

 

18.1%

 
   
   

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