AeroVironment, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2013 Second Quarter Results

AeroVironment, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2013 Second Quarter Results

MONROVIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AeroVironment, Inc. (NAS: AVAV) today reported financial results for its second quarter ending October 27, 2012.

"Strong second quarter performance, including a 30 percent increase in year-over-year diluted earnings per share to $0.39, resulted from continued demand for our market-leading solutions, favorable product mix and our focus on cost management. Revenue of $80 million included a majority, but not all of the international small UAS orders that had been working through the export administrative process," said Tim Conver, AeroVironment chairman and chief executive officer. "Because of contracting delays on key programs, revenue in our second half will be more heavily weighted to our fourth quarter, historically the highest revenue quarter of our year. Looking beyond fiscal 2013, in addition to executing effectively in our current businesses, our team made significant progress during the quarter on development programs such as Switchblade, Mission Services and larger, vertical takeoff UAS, all of which are poised to drive long-term growth in adjacent and new markets."


FISCAL 2013 SECOND QUARTER RESULTS

Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was $80.3 million, down $0.1 million from second quarter fiscal 2012 revenue of $80.4 million. The decrease in revenue resulted from decreased sales in our Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) segment of $1.5 million offset by increased sales in our Efficient Energy Systems (EES) segment of $1.4 million.

Income from operations for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was $13.1 million, an increase of 37% from income from operations for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 of $9.6 million. The increase in income from operations resulted from higher gross margin of $5.0 million, offset by higher selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense of $0.9 million and research and development (R&D) expense of $0.6 million.

Net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 was $8.7 million, an increase of $2.1 million from net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 of $6.6 million.

Earnings per diluted share for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 were $0.39, an increase of $0.09 from second quarter fiscal 2012 earnings per diluted share of $0.30.

FISCAL 2013 YEAR-TO-DATE RESULTS

Revenue for the first six months of fiscal 2013 was $139.0 million, down 2% from the first six months of fiscal 2012 revenue of $142.4 million. The decrease in revenue resulted from lower sales in our UAS segment of $4.9 million, offset by increased sales in our EES segment of $1.5 million.

Income from operations for the first six months of fiscal 2013 was $10.8 million, an increase of 8% from the first six months of fiscal 2012 income from operations of $10.0 million. The increase in income from operations resulted from higher gross margin of $2.8 million, offset by higher R&D expense of $1.1 million and SG&A expense of $0.9 million.

Net income for the first six months of fiscal 2013 was $7.4 million, an increase of $0.5 million from net income for the first six months of fiscal 2012 of $6.9 million.

Earnings per diluted share for the first six months of fiscal 2013 were $0.33, an increase of $0.02 from the first six months of fiscal 2012 income per share of $0.31.

BACKLOG

As of October 27, 2012, funded backlog (unfilled firm orders for which funding is currently appropriated to us under a customer contract) was $90.2 million compared to $93.2 million as of April 30, 2012.

FISCAL 2013 — OUTLOOK FOR THE FULL YEAR

For fiscal year 2013, the Company expects to generate revenue of $348 million to $370 million, and earnings per share of $1.41 to $1.51 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, December 4, 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, Tom Herring, chief operating 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, December 4, 2012, at approximately 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time through Tuesday, December 11, at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Dial (855) 859-2056 and enter the passcode 60176611. 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, supports and operates 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 AeroVironment's electric-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

Six Months Ended

October 27,

October 29,

October 27,

October 29,

2012

2011

2012

2011

Revenue:

Product sales

$

52,415

$

47,858

$

81,105

$

77,157

Contract services

27,863

32,514

57,850

65,212

80,278

80,372

138,955

142,369

Cost of sales:

Product sales

28,215

28,499

48,774

46,371

Contract services

16,427

21,243

35,040

43,653

44,642

49,742

83,814

90,024

Gross margin

35,636

30,630

55,141

52,345

Selling, general and administrative

13,176

12,240

26,797

25,940

Research and development

9,386

8,816

17,522

16,402

Income from operations

13,074

9,574

10,822

10,003

Other income:

Interest income

162

106

334

184

Income before income taxes

13,236

9,680

11,156

10,187

Provision for income taxes

4,498

3,093

3,804

3,274

Net income

$

8,738

$

6,587

$

7,352

$

6,913

Earnings per share data:

Basic

$

0.40

$

0.30

$

0.33

$

0.32

Diluted

$

0.39

$

0.30

$

0.33

$

0.31

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

22,030,330

21,763,927

21,980,453

21,743,990

Diluted

22,383,791

22,255,943

22,353,434

22,244,697

AeroVironment, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands except share and per share data)

October 27,
2012

April 30,
2012

(Unaudited)

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

70,770

$

64,220

Short-term investments

64,694

77,152

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,185 at October 27, 2012 and $921 at April 30, 2012

48,330

56,417

Unbilled receivables and retentions

21,064

27,034

Inventories, net

44,747

43,539

Deferred income taxes

9,508

9,377

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

4,837

4,030

Total current assets

263,950

281,769

Long-term investments

64,798

58,457

Property and equipment, net

22,137

23,515

Deferred income taxes

5,191

5,209

Other assets

230

201

Total assets

$

356,306

$

369,151

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

15,430

$

20,213

Wages and related accruals

13,405

19,076

Income taxes payable

1,485

8,788

Customer advances

4,079

5,124

Other current liabilities

6,129

9,898

Liability for uncertain tax positions

606

606

Total current liabilities

41,134

63,705

Wages and other accruals

1,203

Deferred rent

909

1,019

Liability for uncertain tax positions

4,026

4,026

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 — 22,417,977 at October 27, 2012 and 22,243,903 at April 30, 2012

2

2

Additional paid-in capital

128,614

124,954

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(667

)

(694

)

Retained earnings

182,288

174,936

Total stockholders' equity

310,237

299,198

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

356,306

$

369,151

AeroVironment, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

(In thousands)

Six Months Ended

October 27,
2012

October 29,
2011

Operating activities

Net income

$

7,352

$

6,913

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

5,937

4,141

Provision for doubtful accounts

566

246

Deferred income taxes

(130

)

(296

)

Stock-based compensation

1,642

1,535

Tax benefit from exercise of stock options

1,529

376

Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation

(90

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

7,521

18,559

Unbilled receivables and retentions

5,970

290

Inventories

(1,208

)

(3,298

)

Other assets

(836

)

(607

)

Accounts payable

(4,783

)

(11,517

)

Other liabilities

(18,772

)

(6,481

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

4,788

9,771

Investing activities

Acquisitions of property and equipment

(4,559

)

(5,484

)

Net sales of held-to-maturity investments

5,911

31,623

Net sales of available-for-sale investments

250

225

Net cash provided by investing activities

1,602

26,364

Financing activities

Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation

90

Exercise of stock options

160

323

Net cash provided by financing activities

160

413

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

6,550

36,548

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

64,220

62,041

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

70,770

$

98,589

Supplemental disclosure:

Unrealized gains on long-term investments recorded in other comprehensive (loss) income, net of deferred taxes of $17 and $30, respectively

$

27

$

43

Reclassification from share-based liability compensation to equity

$

401

$

Reportable Segment Results are as Follows (Unaudited):

(In thousands)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

October 27,