Kaman Reports 2013 First Quarter Results

Kaman Reports 2013 First Quarter Results

First Quarter 2013 Highlights:

  • Diluted GAAP earnings per share of $0.26; Net sales of $388 million
  • Aerospace delivers strong operating profit performance
  • Distribution achieves sales of $257.2 million
  • Restructuring expense of $3.0 million (pre-tax) in Distribution; or $0.07 per diluted share
  • Full year sales and profit expectations re-affirmed

BLOOMFIELD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Kaman Corp. (NYS: KAMN) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 29, 2013.

Table 1. Summary of Financial Results   
In thousands except per share amountsFor the three months ended
March 29,
March 30,

$ Change

Net sales:
Aerospace130,907 131,084 (177)
Net sales$388,075 $383,719 $4,356 
Operating income:
Industrial Distribution$4,630$12,314$(7,684)
Net (loss) gain on sale of assets(79)24(103)
Corporate expense(11,695)(11,525)(170)
Operating income$13,767 $16,714 $(2,947)
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations$0.26 $0.35 $(0.09)

Neal J. Keating, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "While our results for the first quarter were below last year, our performance was slightly ahead of our expectations. Aerospace delivered a solid operating profit margin of 16.0%, better than expected due to program mix. However, Distribution faced a decline in organic sales which resulted in its operating profit contribution coming in below prior year.

During the first quarter, we announced a restructuring at Distribution. This restructuring, which focused on workforce reductions and the consolidation of field operations in geographic regions where we had multiple facilities, resulted in $3.0 million of pre-tax expense for the quarter, or $0.07 per diluted share. These expenses combined with the softening of certain of our end markets impacted the performance of this segment in the first quarter. We continue to expect significant improvement in our performance in the second half of the year and believe the cost structure adjustments we made will contribute significantly to that improvement.

Aerospace sales performance was led by increased volume for our bearing product line and legacy fuze programs. The strength in these programs was offset by lower deliveries on several other programs resulting from reduced customer requirements, most notably the BLACK HAWK and engineering design work for commercial aircraft. The increase in operating profit margin at Aerospace over the prior year is attributable to a more profitable product mix."

Segment reports follow:

Distribution Segment

Sales increased 1.8% in the first quarter of 2013 to $257.2 million compared to $252.6 million a year ago. Acquisitions contributed $23.2 million in sales in the quarter (sales from acquisitions are classified as organic beginning with the thirteenth month following the acquisition). Organic sales per sales day* decreased 5.9% from last year's first quarter, with organic sales down $18.7 million for the period. (See Table 3 for additional details regarding the Segment's sales per sales day performance.)

Segment operating income for the first quarter of 2013 was $4.6 million compared to operating income of $12.3 million in the first quarter of 2012. The operating profit margin for the first quarter of 2013 was 1.8% compared to 4.9% a year ago. Operating profit margin was lower due to $3.0 million in restructuring costs recorded in the first quarter of 2013 and a decrease in organic sales which impacted our ability to leverage our fixed costs.

Aerospace Segment

Sales were $130.9 million, a decrease of $0.2 million from sales of $131.1 million in the first quarter of 2012, due to a $3.7 million decrease in sales on military products/programs which was offset by a $3.5 million increase in sales on our commercial products/programs. The increase in commercial sales was primarily attributable to a higher volume of shipments for our bearing products, an increase in deliveries of various commercial composite structures products/programs, and stronger tooling fabrication sales. These increases totaled $7.1 million and were partially offset by a $4.3 million decrease in sales in engineering design services resulting from a reduction in customer requirements. The decrease in military sales was primarily attributable to fewer cockpit deliveries on our Sikorsky BLACK HAWK helicopter program, where we delivered 27 cockpits in the first quarter of 2013 versus 35 cockpits in the first quarter of 2012; lower sales on our Egypt Upgrade program; and lower sales on the blade erosion coating program. These decreases totaled $7.2 million and were partially offset by increases totaling $5.4 million related to increased sales volume for our bearings products and an increase in non-JPF bomb fuze deliveries.

Operating income for the first quarter of 2013 was $20.9 million, compared to operating income of $15.9 million in the first quarter of 2012. The operating margin in this year's first quarter was 16.0% as compared to 12.1% in the prior year. The increase was due to the mix of sales between commercial and military products/programs and the absence of $1.5 million in negative changes in contract estimates recorded in prior year. The increase in commercial sales contributed $2.3 million to operating income. Although overall military product/program sales were down by $3.7 million, operating margin contribution improved by $1.7 million as a result of higher bearing product sales, partially offset by lower BLACK HAWK, Egypt upgrade and blade erosion coating program sales volume.


We reaffirm our full-year outlook for 2013 as follows:

  • Distribution:
    • Sales of $1,080 million to $1,115 million, up 6.7% to 10.2% over 2012 (sales from continuing operations)
    • Operating margins of 5.2% to 5.6%
  • Aerospace:
    • Sales of $620 million to $635 million, up 6.7% to 9.3% over 2012
    • Operating margins of 16.0% to 16.5%
  • Interest expense of approximately $13.0 million
  • Corporate expenses of approximately $50 million
  • Estimated annualized tax rate of approximately 35.0%
  • Capital expenditures of $40 million to $45 million
  • Free cash flow* in the range of $35 million to $40 million
2013 Outlook
In millions  
Free Cash Flow*:
Cash flows from operations$75.0to$85.0
Expenditures for property, plant and equipment(40.0)to(45.0)
Free Cash Flow$35.0 to$40.0 

Chief Financial Officer, William C. Denninger, commented, "We were able to deliver results slightly better than expected in the first quarter, and reiterate our outlook for the full year. A favorable product mix and timing of sales in Aerospace allowed us to deliver a strong operating profit margin. The authorization from the Government of New Zealand to proceed with a contract for the sale of SH-2G(I) aircraft provides additional confidence in our full year outlook. At Distribution, weakness in certain end markets we serve resulted in a decline in organic sales. This decline was more than offset by the contribution of sales from our 2012 acquisitions. We continue to manage costs across the company in an effort to ensure we maintain our profit margin and expect improving performance with 60-65% of our full year net earnings achieved in the second half of the year."

Please see the MD&A section of the Company's SEC Form 10-Q filed concurrent with the issuance of this release for greater detail on our results and various company programs.

A conference call has been scheduled for tomorrow, April 30, 2013, at 8:30 AM EDT. Listeners may access the call live by telephone at (877) 474-9504 and from outside the U.S. at (857) 244-7557 (passcode: 12032247); or, over the Internet through a link on the home page of the Company's website at http://www.kaman.com. In its discussion, management may include certain non-GAAP measures related to company performance. If so, a reconciliation of that information to GAAP, if not provided in this release, will be provided in the exhibits to the conference call and will be available through the Internet link provided above.

Table 2. Summary of Segment Information (in thousands) 
For the three months ended

March 29,

March 30,

Net sales:
Aerospace130,907 131,084 
Net sales$388,075 $383,719 
Operating income:
Net gain (loss) on sale of assets(79)24
Corporate expense(11,695)(11,525)
Operating income$13,767$16,714

Non-GAAP Measure Disclosure

Management believes that the non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) measures indicated by an asterisk (*) used in this release or in other disclosures provide important perspectives into the Company's ongoing business performance. The Company does not intend for the information to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures. Other companies may define the measures differently. We define the non-GAAP measures used in this report and other disclosures as follows:

Organic Sales per Sales Day - Organic sales per sales day is defined as GAAP "Net sales from the Distribution segment" less sales derived from acquisitions, divided by the number of sales days in a given period. Sales days are essentially business days that the Company's branch locations are open for business and exclude weekends and holidays. Sales days are provided as part of this release. Management believes organic sales per sales day provides an important perspective on how net sales may be impacted by the number of days the segment is open for business and provides a basis for comparing periods in which the number of sales days differ.

The following table illustrates the calculation of organic sales per sales day using "Net sales: Distribution" from the "Segment and Geographic Information" footnote in the "Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements" from the Company's Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 29, 2013. Sales from acquisitions are classified as organic beginning with the thirteenth month following the acquisition. Prior period informations is adjusted to reflect acquisition sales for that period as organic sales when calculating organic sales per sales day.

Table 3. Distribution - Organic Sales Per Sales Day (in thousands, except days) 
For the three months ended
March 29,
March 30,
Net sales: Distribution$257,168$252,635
Acquisition related sales23,210  
Organic sales$233,958$252,635
Sales days63 64 
Organic sales per sales day$3,714 $3,947 
% change(5.9)%9.7%

Free Cash Flow - Free cash flow is defined as GAAP "Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities" less "Expenditures for property, plant & equipment." Management believes free cash flow provides an important perspective on the cash available for dividends to shareholders, debt repayment, and acquisitions after making capital investments required to support ongoing business operations and long-term value creation. Free cash flow does not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures as it excludes certain mandatory expenditures such as repayment of maturing debt. Management uses free cash flow internally to assess both business performance and overall liquidity. The following table illustrates the calculation of free cash flow using "Net cash used in operating activities" and "Expenditures for property, plant & equipment", GAAP measures from the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.

Table 4. Free Cash Flow (in thousands) 
For the Three Months Ended

March 29, 2013

Net cash used in operating activities$(34,562)
Expenditures for property, plant & equipment(11,841)
Free Cash Flow$(46,403)

Debt to Capitalization Ratio - Debt to capitalization ratio is calculated by dividing debt by capitalization. Debt is defined as GAAP "Notes payable" plus "Current portion of long-term debt" plus "Long-term debt, excluding current portion." Capitalization is defined as Debt plus GAAP "Total shareholders' equity." Management believes that debt to capitalization is a measurement of financial leverage and provides an insight into the financial structure of the Company and its financial strength. The following table illustrates the calculation of debt to capitalization using GAAP measures from the condensed consolidated balance sheets included in this release.

Table 5. Debt to Capitalization (in thousands)  
March 29,
December 31,
Notes payable$$21
Current portion of long-term debt10,00010,000
Long-term debt, excluding current portion294,247 249,585 
Total shareholders' equity421,984 420,193 
Capitalization$726,231 $679,799 
Debt to capitalization41.9%38.2%

About Kaman Corporation

Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets. The company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; aerostructure engineering design analysis and FAA certification services; safe and arm solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; and support for the company's SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopters. The company is a leading distributor of industrial parts, and operates more than 200 customer service centers and five distribution centers across North America. Kaman offers more than four million items including bearings, mechanical power transmission, electrical, material handling, motion control, fluid power, automation and MRO supplies to customers in virtually every industry. Additionally, Kaman provides engineering, design and support for automation, electrical, linear, hydraulic and pneumatic systems as well as belting and rubber fabrication, customized mechanical services, hose assemblies, repair, fluid analysis and motor management.


This report contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements also may be included in other publicly available documents issued by the Company and in oral statements made by our officers and representatives from time to time. These forward-looking statements are intended to provide management's current expectations or plans for our future operating and financial performance, based on assumptions currently believed to be valid. They can be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "goal," "seek," "believe," "project," "estimate," "expect," "strategy," "future," "likely," "may," "should," "will" and other words of similar meaning in connection with a discussion of future operating or financial performance. Examples of forward looking statements include, among others, statements relating to future sales, earnings, cash flows, results of operations, uses of cash and other measures of financial performance.

Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements.Such risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among others: (i) changes in domestic and foreign economic and competitive conditions in markets served by the Company, particularly the defense, commercial aviation and industrial production markets; (ii) changes in government and customer priorities and requirements (including cost-cutting initiatives, the potential deferral of awards, terminations or reductions of expenditures to respond to the priorities of Congress and the Administration, or budgetary cuts resulting from Congressional actions or automatic sequestration under the Budget Control Act of 2011, as modified by the enactment of the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012); (iii) changes in geopolitical conditions in countries where the Company does or intends to do business; (iv) the successful conclusion of competitions for government programs and thereafter contract negotiations with government authorities, both foreign and domestic; (v) the existence of standard government contract provisions permitting renegotiation of terms and termination for the convenience of the government; (vi) the conclusion to government inquiries or investigations regarding government programs, including the resolution of the Wichita matter; (vii) risks and uncertainties associated with the successful implementation and ramp up of significant new programs; (viii) potential difficulties associated with variable acceptance test results, given sensitive production materials and extreme test parameters; (ix) the successful negotiation of definitive documentation relating to the resale of the SH-2G(I) aircraft, equipment and spare parts; (x) the receipt and successful execution of production orders for the JPF U.S. government contract, including the exercise of all contract options and receipt of orders from allied militaries, as all have been assumed in connection with goodwill impairment evaluations; (xi) the continued support of the existing K-MAX® helicopter fleet, including sale of existing K-MAX® spare parts inventory; (xii) the accuracy of current cost estimates associated with environmental remediation activities, including activities at the Bloomfield, Moosup and New Hartford, CT facilities and our U.K. facilities; (xiii) the profitable integration of acquired businesses into the Company's operations; (xiv) changes in supplier sales or vendor incentive policies; (xv) the effects of price increases or decreases; (xvi) the effects of pension regulations, pension plan assumptions, pension plan asset performance and future contributions; (xvii) future levels of indebtedness and capital expenditures; (xviii) the future availability of credit, the ability of the Company to maintain its current credit rating and the impact on the Company's funding costs and competitive position if it is unable to do so; (xix) the continued availability of raw materials and other commodities in adequate supplies and the effect of increased costs for such items; (xx) the effects of currency exchange rates and foreign competition on future operations; (xxi) changes in laws and regulations, taxes, interest rates, inflation rates and general business conditions; (xxii) future repurchases and/or issuances of common stock; and (xxiii) other risks and uncertainties set forth in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012.

Any forward-looking information provided in this report should be considered with these factors in mind. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this report.


Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands except per share amounts) (unaudited)

 For the Three Months Ended
March 29,
 March 30,
Net sales$388,075$383,719
Cost of sales277,809 279,119 
Gross profit110,266104,600
Selling, general and administrative expenses96,42087,910
Net loss/(gain) on sale of assets79 (24)
Operating income13,76716,714
Interest expense, net3,0682,873
Other expense (income), net331 (303)
Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes10,36814,144
Income tax expense3,214 5,052 
Earnings from continuing operations$7,154$9,092
Earnings from discontinued operations, net of taxes 311 
Net earnings$7,154 $9,403 
Earnings per share:
Basic earnings per share from continuing operations$0.27$0.35
Basic earnings per share from discontinued operations 0.01 
Basic earnings per share$0.27 $0.36 
Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations$0.26$0.35
Diluted earnings per share from discontinued operations 0.01 
Diluted earnings per share$0.26 $0.36 
Average shares outstanding:
Diluted27,054 26,463 
Dividends declared per share$0.16 $0.16 


Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

(In thousands) (unaudited)

 For the Three Months Ended
March 29,
 March 30,
Net earnings$7,154$9,403
Other comprehensive income, net of tax:
Foreign currency translation adjustments(4,514)3,697
Change in unrealized loss on derivative instruments, net of tax benefit of $68 and $0, respectively(111)
Pension plan adjustments, net of tax expense of $904 and $834, respectively1,475 1,361
Other comprehensive income$
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