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ATK Reports FY12 Second Quarter Operating Results

Thursday, November 03, 2011

ATK Reports FY12 Second Quarter Operating Results08:03 EDT Thursday, November 03, 2011ATK Reports Second Quarter Orders of $1.4 Billion, a Book to Bill Ratio of 1.2 ATK Improves Operating Margins ATK Narrows Full-Year Sales Guidance, Confirms EPS GuidanceARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) today reported operating results for the second quarter of its Fiscal Year 2012, which ended on October 2, 2011.  Second quarter orders rose to $1.4 billion from $1.0 billion last year, reflecting a book-to-bill ratio of 1.2.  Second quarter sales of $1.1 billion were down from $1.2 billion in the previous year, primarily reflecting lower sales on NASA human spaceflight programs, military small-caliber ammunition, and energetics programs.Fully diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $2.43, compared to $2.91 in the prior-year quarter. Second quarter sales and profit included a benefit of approximately $18 million ($10.8 million after tax or $0.33 per share) from a contract resolution. FY11 second quarter results benefited from a $22.3 million, or $0.67 per share, favorable settlement of IRS audits of the company's FY07 and FY08 tax returns. Margins in the quarter rose to 13.3 percent, compared to 11.1 percent in the prior-year quarter.  Excluding the contract resolution, margins rose to 11.9 percent (see reconciliation table), driven by cost management and operating efficiency initiatives that were implemented company-wide."ATK's profitable business base, our mix of current production programs and long-term development programs, and a strong book-to bill ratio provide us the flexibility to succeed and weather the challenging economic environment our industry faces," said Mark DeYoung, President and CEO.  "We are executing a strategy to improve profitability, maintain our leading market positions, and bring our development programs into production.  We will also continue growing our presence in the commercial and international markets, making strategic investments to strengthen our portfolio, improving our competitive position, and delivering shareholder value."SUMMARY OF REPORTED RESULTSThe following table presents the company's results for the second quarter of the fiscal year which ended October 2, 2011 (in thousands).Sales:Quarters EndedSix Months EndedOctober 2,2011October 3,2010$Change%ChangeOctober 2,2011October3, 2010$Change%ChangeAerospace Systems$        332,657$  376,368$  (43,711)(11.6)%$  686,305$  745,732$(59,428)(8.0)%Armament Systems358,201442,653(84,452)(19.1)%705,118881,553(176,435)(20.0)%Missile Products169,903159,50510,3986.5%315,335315,818(482)(0.2)%Security and Sporting248,657230,70917,9487.8%477,915468,2839,6322.1%Total sales$  1,109,418$  1,209,235$  (99,817)(8.3)%$  2,184,673$ 2,411,386$(226,712)(9.4)%Income before Interest, Income Taxes, and Noncontrolling Interest (Operating Profit):Quarters EndedSix Months EndedOctober 2, 2011October 3, 2010$ Change% ChangeOctober 2, 2011October 3, 2010$ Change% ChangeAerospace Systems$  37,673$  38,765$  (1,092)(2.8)%$     80,219$  74,564$  5,6557.6%Armament Systems75,56453,49522,06941.3%123,368103,13620,23219.6%Missile Products20,93611,7769,16077.8%38,01728,3009,71734.3%Security and Sporting23,33032,289(8,959)(27.7)%52,65065,265(12,615)(19.3)%Corporate(10,097)(1,967)(8,130)(413.3)%(16,308)(3,854)(12,454)(323.1)%Total operating profit$  147,406$  134,358$  13,0489.7%$    277,946$  267,411$  10,5353.9%SEGMENT RESULTSATK operates in a four business group structure: Aerospace Systems; Armament Systems; Missile Products; and Security and Sporting. AEROSPACE SYSTEMSSecond quarter sales in the Aerospace Systems group declined by 12 percent to $333 million, compared to $376 million in the prior-year quarter.  The decrease primarily reflects lower sales on NASA programs, partially offset by higher sales of strategic and commercial rockets, and commercial aircraft structures.   Earnings before interest, taxes, and noncontrolling interest (operating profit) in the second quarter declined three percent to $38 million, compared to $39 million in the prior-year quarter.  The decrease primarily reflects a reduction in sales, partially offset by operating efficiencies.  ARMAMENT SYSTEMS Second quarter sales in the Armament Systems group decreased 19 percent to $358 million, compared to $443 million in the prior-year quarter.  The decrease was driven by lower sales of military ammunition and lower sales in the group's energetics programs, partially offset by higher sales of advanced weapons and the previously-noted favorable contract resolution.  Sales in the second half of FY12 are expected to be higher than first-half results.Operating profit in the second quarter rose 41 percent to $76 million, compared to $53 million in the prior-year quarter.  The higher operating profit primarily reflects the contract resolution and operating efficiencies, partially offset by lower sales volume.  MISSILE PRODUCTS Second quarter sales in the Missile Products group increased seven percent to $170 million, compared to $160 million in the prior-year quarter.   The increase reflects higher sales in missile defense programs.  Operating profit rose by 78 percent to $21 million, compared to $12 million in the prior-year quarter, reflecting higher sales volume, operating efficiencies, and the absence of investments made in the group's precision missile programs in the prior-year quarter.  SECURITY AND SPORTING   Second quarter sales in the Security and Sporting group grew by eight percent to $249 million, compared to $231 million in the prior-year quarter.  The increase reflects stronger domestic and international demand for commercial ammunition, and increased sales of tactical accessories to the U.S. Department of Defense.  The group's unique brand strategy again delivered additional market share in the quarter.Operating profit in the second quarter decreased by 28 percent to $23 million, compared to $32 million in the prior-year quarter.  The decrease primarily reflects a shift in demand toward lower-margin ammunition and higher raw materials costs.CORPORATE AND OTHERIn the second quarter, corporate and other expenses totaled $10 million, compared to $2 million in the prior-year quarter.  The increase was the result of costs related to strategic growth initiatives, increased pension expense, and higher inter-company profit eliminations which are recorded within corporate, partially offset by the settlement of an insurance claim. The tax rate for the quarter was 35.3 percent compared to 14.6 percent in the prior-year quarter.  The increase reflects the absence of a favorable settlement of IRS audits of the company's FY07 and FY08 tax returns recorded in the prior-year quarter.  Cash flow from operating activities for the first six months ended October 2, 2011 was $6 million, compared to $12 million for the prior-year period. The current-year period includes pension plan contributions of $62 million.  Tax payments through the second quarter were $51 million lower than the prior-year period. Cash flow used for financing activities in the six months ended October 2, 2011 included a $300 million repayment of the company's 2.75% convertible notes due 2011.OUTLOOKBased on impacts from the Radford competition and better visibility into the remainder of the year, ATK is narrowing its full-year FY12 sales guidance to a range of $4.6-$4.7 billion. ATK continues to expect full-year EPS in a range of $8.50-$9.00. ATK now expects a full-year tax rate of approximately 34.5 percent, up from its previous guidance of approximately 34 percent.  Pension expense is still expected to be approximately $135 million.  The company continues to expect to generate free cash flow in a range of $225 - $250 million, with capital expenditures of approximately $130 million (see reconciliation table for details).    Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresEBIT MarginThe EBIT margin excluding the effect of the favorable contract settlement is a non-GAAP financial measure that ATK defines as income before interest, income taxes, and noncontrolling interest excluding the effect of the favorable contract settlement as a percent of sales.  ATK management is presenting this measure so that a reader may compare EBIT margin excluding this item as this measure provides investors with an important perspective on the operating results of the Company.  ATK management uses this measurement internally to assess business performance and ATK's definition may differ from that used by other companies.Total ATK Quarter EndingOctober 2, 2011: SalesEBITMarginAs reported $ 1,109,418 $ 147,40613.3%Contract settlement(17,975)   (17,975)As adjusted $ 1,091,443 $ 129,431 11.9%Free Cash FlowFree cash flow is defined as cash provided by (used for) operating activities less capital expenditures.  ATK management believes free cash flow provides investors with an important perspective on the cash available for acquisitions, debt repayment, cash dividends, and share repurchase after making the capital investments required to support ongoing business operations.  ATK management uses free cash flow internally to assess both business performance and overall liquidity.Quarter Ended October 2, 2011Projected Year Ending March 31, 2012Cash provided by operating activities$  5,814$355,000-$380,000Capital expenditures(73,879)~(130,000)Free cash flow$  (68,065)$225,000-$250,000ATK is an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations in 22 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally, and revenues of approximately $4.8 billion.  News and information can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com.Certain information discussed in this press release constitutes forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Although ATK believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be achieved. Forward-looking information is subject to certain risks, trends, and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Among these factors are: assumptions related to the profitability of current commercial aerospace structures programs; uncertainties related to the development of NASA's new Space Launch System; demand for commercial ammunition; changes in governmental spending, budgetary policies and product sourcing strategies; the company's competitive environment; risks inherent in the development and manufacture of advanced technology; risks associated with the diversification into new markets; assumptions regarding the company's long-term growth strategy; assumptions regarding the growth opportunities in international and commercial markets; increases in commodity costs, energy prices, and production costs; the terms and timing of awards and contracts; program performance; program terminations; changes in cost estimates related to relocation of facilities; the outcome of contingencies, including litigation and environmental remediation; actual pension asset returns and assumptions regarding future returns, discount rates and service costs; capital market volatility and corresponding assumptions related to the company's shares outstanding; the availability of capital market financing; changes to accounting standards; changes in tax rules or pronouncements; economic conditions; and the company's capital deployment strategy, including debt repayment, dividend payments, share repurchases, pension funding, mergers and acquisitions ? including the related costs and any integration thereof. ATK undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. For further information on factors that could impact ATK, and statements contained herein, please refer to ATK's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.Media Contact:Investor Contact:Bryce HallowellSteve WoldPhone:  952-351-3087Phone:  952-351-3056E-mail:  bryce.hallowell@atk.comE-mail:  steve.wold@atk.comALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS(preliminary and unaudited)QUARTERS ENDEDSIX MONTHS ENDED(In thousands except per share data)October 2, 2011October 3, 2010October 2, 2011October 3, 2010Sales$1,109,418$1,209,235$2,184,673$2,411,386Cost of sales848,162958,1451,678,1931,908,032Gross profit261,256251,090506,480503,354Operating expenses:Research and development14,88615,76727,08829,655Selling42,00638,88981,43279,250General and administrative56,95862,076120,014127,038Income before interest, income taxes, and noncontrolling interest147,406134,358277,946267,411Interest expense(23,698)(20,345)(50,150)(38,044)Interest income7758229128Income before income taxes and noncontrolling interest123,785114,071228,025229,495Income tax provision43,67716,68676,22357,333Net income 80,10897,385151,802172,162Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interest117139294272Net income attributable to Alliant Techsystems Inc.$79,991$97,246$151,508$171,890Alliant Techsystems Inc.?s earnings per common share:Basic$2.45$2.93$4.59$5.19Diluted2.432.914.555.14Alliant Techsystems Inc.?s weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:Basic32,69833,16233,02833,104Diluted32,86533,42633,26533,413ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(preliminary and unaudited)(Amounts in thousands except share data)October 2, 2011March 31, 2011ASSETSCurrent assets:  Cash and cash equivalents                                                               $      270,771$      702,274  Net receivables                                                                         1,033,876945,611  Net inventories                                                                         328,815242,028  Income tax receivable                                                                   -22,228  Deferred income tax assets                                                               60,45465,843  Other current assets                                                                     46,83481,249    Total current assets                                                                  1,740,7502,059,233Net property, plant, and equipment                                                         605,943587,749Goodwill                                                                                 1,251,5361,251,536Deferred income tax assets                                                                 116,718100,519Deferred charges and other noncurrent assets                                               495,763444,808    Total assets                                                                         $  4,210,710$  4,443,845LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS? EQUITYCurrent liabilities:  Current portion of long-term debt$     20,003$     320,000  Accounts payable284,614292,281  Contract advances and allowances112,216121,927  Accrued compensation114,067135,442  Accrued income taxes1,086-  Other accrued liabilities256,726193,836    Total current liabilities                                                                788,7121,063,486Longterm debt                                                                           1,288,7381,289,709Postretirement and postemployment benefits liabilities                                         120,774126,012Accrued pension liability                                                                   627,690671,356Other longterm liabilities                                                                   131,818127,160    Total liabilities                                                                       2,957,7323,277,723Commitments and contingenciesCommon stock?$.01 par value:  Authorized?180,000,000 shares  Issued and outstanding?32,948,039 shares at October 2, 2011 and 33,519,072 shares at March 31, 2011330335Additional paidincapital                                                                  554,664559,279Retained earnings                                                                         2,143,8312,005,651Accumulated other comprehensive loss                                                     (797,529)(787,077)Common stock in treasury, at cost? 8,607,410 shares held at October 2, 2011 and 8,036,377 shares held at March 31, 2011(657,976)(621,430)    Total Alliant Techsystems Inc. stockholders? equity                                     1,243,3201,156,758Noncontrolling interest9,6589,364    Total stockholders? equity                                                             1,252,9781,166,122    Total liabilities and stockholders? equity                                                $  4,210,710$  4,443,845ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(preliminary and unaudited) SIX MONTHS ENDED(In thousands)October 2, 2011October 3, 2010Operating activitiesNet income$151,802$172,162Adjustments to net income to arrive at cash used for operating activities:Depreciation44,21847,416Amortization of intangible assets 5,5735,500Amortization of debt discount9,0298,439Amortization of deferred financing costs2,7422,405Deferred income taxes(3,915)4,344(Gain) loss on disposal of property(4,941)2,727Share-based plans expense6,0845,269Excess tax benefits from share-based plans(23)(170)Changes in assets and liabilities:Net receivables(150,910)(221,485)Net inventories(86,787)(32,165)Accounts payable93512,398Contract advances and allowances(9,711)11,645Accrued compensation(30,723)(48,423)Accrued income taxes31,698(47,358)Pension and other postretirement benefits(3,832)39,101Other assets and liabilities44,57550,422Cash provided by operating activities5,81412,227Investing activitiesCapital expenditures(73,879)(53,174)Acquisition of business -(172,251)Proceeds from the disposition of property, plant, and equipment7,31045Cash used for investing activities(66,569)(225,380)Financing activitiesPayments made on bank debt(10,000)(3,438)Payments made to extinguish debt(299,997)(257,813)Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt -350,000Payments made for debt issue costs-(5,819)Purchase of treasury shares(49,991)-Dividends paid(13,328)-Proceeds from employee stock compensation plans2,5451,820        Excess tax benefits from share-based plans23170Cash (used for) provided by financing activities(370,748)84,920Decrease in cash and cash equivalents(431,503)(128,233)Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period702,274393,893Cash and cash equivalents - end of period$270,771$265,660SOURCE ATK