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Press release

September 19, 2012

AAR Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2013 Results and Updates Full Year Guidance

  • First quarter sales of $550.5 million, up 13% year-over-year
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.45
  • Cash flow from operations of $33 million

WOOD DALE, ILLINOIS — AAR (NYSE: AIR) today reported first quarter fiscal year 2013 consolidated sales of $550.5 million and net income of $18.2 million, or $0.45 per diluted share. For the first quarter of the prior fiscal year, the Company reported sales of $485.5 million and net income of $16.6 million, or $0.41 per diluted share. Last year’s first quarter sales included $33.3 million from the sale of two aircraft from the Company’s aircraft portfolio. There were no aircraft sales in the first quarter of the current fiscal year.

For the first quarter, sales to commercial customers represented 57% of consolidated sales. Excluding the aircraft sales above, commercial sales increased 43% over the prior year’s first quarter and grew 13% on an organic basis driven by market share gains in the Company’s commercial aviation services businesses. The balance of the sales growth was from the fiscal 2012 acquisitions. Sales to government and defense customers represented 43% of consolidated sales and increased 1% from the first quarter of last year.

“Our first quarter results were strong, highlighted by market share gains in commercial aviation services, results from our recent acquisitions and improved performance at our airlift operation,” said David P. Storch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AAR CORP.

Consolidated gross profit margin was 16.4% for the first quarter compared to 15.6% last year. Margins improved over the prior year in the Structures and Systems segment primarily due to improved product mix resulting from the acquisitions. The MRO segment’s margins improved due to increased billable hours and operational efficiencies. The Aviation Supply Chain and Government and Defense Services segments reported margin declines due to product mix and lower margins on government programs.

Selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of sales were 9.7% for the first quarter compared to 8.9% last year which benefited from the aircraft sales. Interest expense increased $3.1 million primarily due to the 7.25% Senior Notes issued in January 2012 to fund the recent acquisitions.

During the quarter, the Company generated $33 million in cash flow from operations and had capital expenditures of $11 million. The Company purchased 475,000 of its shares on the open market under its share repurchase program for $6.1 million (average acquisition price of $12.84 per share) and declared and paid dividends of $3.0 million. The Company also repurchased $13 million face value of its convertible bonds at an effective yield to maturity of 4%. The convertible bond repurchases reduced the fully diluted share count by 258,000 shares in the first quarter.

Storch concluded, “Based on the results of the first quarter and our current view of the markets we serve, we are updating our annual guidance to a range of $1.60 to $1.70 from our previous guidance of $1.55 to $1.65.”

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

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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.

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