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ATK Reports FY14 Second Quarter Operating Results

Thursday, November 07, 2013

ATK Reports FY14 Second Quarter Operating Results

07:00 EST Thursday, November 07, 2013

Second Quarter Sales Increase 7 Percent and EPS Increases 43 Percent Year Over Year
ATK Increases FY14 Full-Year Sales, EPS and Free Cash Flow Guidance

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) today reported operating results for the second quarter of its Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14), which ended on Sept. 29, 2013. Orders for the quarter were up 17 percent to $1.5 billion, which represents a book-to-bill ratio of 1.3. Second quarter year-over-year sales were up 7 percent to $1.1 billion. The increase in sales was due to increased sales in the Sporting Group, partially offset by a sales decline in the Defense Group.

Operating profit in the second quarter increased approximately $38 million. On an adjusted basis, it increased $46 million (see reconciliation table for details). Improved operating profit was primarily driven by both the Sporting and Aerospace Groups, and lower pension expense, partially offset by lower operating profit in the Defense Group. Net income for the quarter increased 42 percent to $93 million compared to $65 million in the prior-year quarter. On an adjusted basis, net income was $91 million compared to $61 million in the prior-year period (see reconciliation tables for details). Fully diluted earnings per share were $2.86 compared to $2.00 in the prior-year period. On an adjusted basis, EPS was $2.82 compared to $1.88 in the prior-year period (see reconciliation tables for details). The increases in adjusted net income and adjusted EPS are due to higher operating profit and lower interest expense.

During the quarter, ATK reported strong, year-over-year organic growth in the Sporting Group, while successfully executing the Savage integration plan. On Nov. 1, 2013, ATK also completed the acquisition of Bushnell Group Holdings, Inc. (Bushnell). The acquisition will be integrated into ATK's Sporting Group and will increase the company's presence in higher-growth shooting sports and outdoor markets. With the addition of Bushnell and Savage, the Sporting Group will account for approximately 45 percent of total ATK revenue, and across the enterprise, commercial and international sales will account for approximately 50 percent of ATK total revenue.

In addition, ATK recorded a number of new program wins and program milestones in the second quarter. ATK secured a strategic commercial launch contract from Orbital Sciences to provide large-diameter propulsion for the Air Launch Vehicle that Orbital is designing for Stratolaunch Systems Corporation. ATK also completed delivery of the James Webb Space Telescope's primary mirror backplane support structure. This was a critical milestone for the world's most powerful space telescope. ATK delivered the 100th Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile to the U.S. Navy and received a production contract from the U.S. Army for the Precision Guidance Kit, demonstrating innovative and affordable technology solutions for current and emerging customer needs.

"We are delivering year-over-year revenue and profit growth that is aligned with our vision and strategy of strengthening our leadership positions," said Mark DeYoung, ATK President and Chief Executive Officer. "ATK continues to win new business that supports our core capabilities, and we are delivering significant value to our customers. With our recent acquisition of Bushnell, ATK's comprehensive product offering will position us for future expansion into new and adjacent outdoor recreation markets. Our objective is to efficiently deliver quality products to an array of aerospace, defense and commercial customers, resulting in superior shareholder returns and a healthy balance sheet."

SUMMARY OF REPORTED RESULTS

The following table presents the company's results for the second quarter of the fiscal year, which ended Sept. 29, 2013 (in thousands).

Sales:

Quarters Ended

Six Months Ended

September 29, 2013

September 30, 2012

$

Change

%

Change

September 29, 2013

September 30, 2012

$

Change

%

Change

Aerospace Group

$

319,403

$

315,071

$

4,332

1.4%

$

626,590

$

615,012

$

11,578

1.9%

Defense Group

471,900

520,847

(48,947)

(9.4)%

946,716

1,067,019

(120,303)

(11.3)%

Sporting Group

421,359

284,489

136,870

48.1%

779,666

563,453

216,213

38.4%

Eliminations

(70,281)

(50,620)

(19,661)

38.8%

(131,850)

(93,395)

(38,455)

41.2%

Total sales

$

1,142,381

$

1,069,787

$

72,594

6.8%

$

2,221,122

$

2,152,089

$

69,033

3.2%

 

Income before Interest, Loss on Extinguishment of Debt, Income Taxes, and Noncontrolling Interest (Operating Profit):

Quarters Ended

Six Months Ended

September 29,2013

September 30, 2012

$

Change

%

Change

September 29, 2013

September 30, 2012

$

Change

%

Change

Aerospace Group

$

40,570

$

37,077

$

3,493

9.4%

$

77,656

$

72,028

$

5,628

7.8%

Defense Group

55,071

64,546

(9,475)

(14.7)%

117,159

155,907

(38,748)

(24.9)%

Sporting Group

57,823

25,133

32,690

130.1%

101,939

45,927

56,012

122.0%

Corporate

(5,198)

(16,199)

11,001

(67.9)%

(22,865)

(32,617)

9,752

(29.9)%

Total operating profit

$

148,266

$

110,557

$

37,709

34.1%

$

273,889

$

241,245

$

32,644

13.5%

 

SEGMENT RESULTS

ATK operates in a three business group structure: the Aerospace Group, the Defense Group and the Sporting Group.

AEROSPACE GROUP

Second quarter sales increased 1 percent to $319 million compared to $315 million in the prior-year quarter. The increase reflects increased sales in the Space Components and Space Systems Operations divisions.

Operating profit in the quarter increased 9 percent to $41 million compared to $37 million in the prior-year quarter, reflecting higher profit expectations on a significant, multi-year commercial program.

DEFENSE GROUP

Sales in the second quarter decreased 9 percent to $472 million compared to $521 million in the prior-year quarter, reflecting reduced sales in the Small Caliber Systems division, partially offset by increases in the Missile Products division.

Operating profit for the quarter declined 15 percent to $55 million compared to $65 million in the prior-year quarter. This is a result of reduced sales as mentioned above, partially offset by a change in profit expectations of $22 million due to operational efficiencies, a successful in-sourcing initiative, and reduced operational risk as a contract nears completion.

SPORTING GROUP

Second quarter sales increased 48 percent to $421 million compared to $284 million in the prior-year quarter. The increase in sales was driven by higher volume in ammunition, sales from Savage of $57 million, and a previously announced ammunition price increase, partially offset by a decline in sales in tactical military accessories. Organic sales increased 28 percent year over year.

Operating profit in the second quarter increased 130 percent to $58 million compared to $25 million in the prior-year quarter. On an adjusted basis, operating profit for the quarter was $66 million (see reconciliation table for details). The increase is due to ammunition price increases and sales volume as noted above, product mix, and Savage operating profit, partially offset by restructuring and facility rationalization costs in tactical military accessories. Savage contributed approximately $5 million, which is net of $8 million of inventory step-up.

CORPORATE AND OTHER

In the second quarter, corporate and other expenses totaled $5 million compared to $16 million in the prior-year quarter, reflecting lower pension expense, partially offset by transaction costs related to acquisitions. The tax rate for the quarter was 30.3 percent compared to 19.4 percent in the prior-year quarter. The increase reflects the absence of a favorable settlement of the IRS audit of the company's tax returns recorded in the prior-year quarter, partially offset by a discrete impact of several tax law changes in the current quarter. Interest expense was $15 million compared to $18 million in the prior-year quarter, reflecting both a lower average debt level and a lower average borrowing rate during the quarter.

Year-to-date free cash flow use was $10 million compared to a use of $73 million in the prior-year period (see reconciliation table for details). The decreased use reflects lower pension contributions and the absence of the LUU flare settlement payment made in the prior year, partially offset by the absence of a collection of a significant receivable in the prior year. Year-to-date capital expenditures were $52 million compared to $40 million in the prior year, primarily driven by the Small Caliber Systems division, the Aerospace Structures division and the Sporting Group.

A total of $24 million in shares was repurchased in the second quarter, bringing the total value of share repurchases to $108 million since ATK's Board of Directors established the two-year repurchase program.

In conjunction with the Bushnell acquisition, ATK raised $2.26 billion of financing, including $1.96 billion of Senior Secured Credit Facilities and $300 million, eight-year Senior Notes at 5.25 percent per annum. The proceeds from the financing were used to finance the acquisition, refinance in full all indebtedness under the existing Senior Credit Facilities, and pay fees and expenses incurred in connection with the transactions. The financing was well supported in the market and provides ATK with a strong balance sheet with debt maturities in the 2018 to 2021 time frame.

OUTLOOK

FY14 expectations for the Bushnell acquisition are as follows: sales of $225 million to $250 million, and EBIT in the range of a loss of $3 million to a profit of $3 million, which reflects $6 million of inventory step-up and $22 million to $25 million of transaction and transition costs.

ATK is raising its full-year FY14 sales guidance, including Bushnell, to a range of approximately $4.68 billion to $4.73 billion, up from previous guidance of $4.3 billion to $4.38 billion. The increase is due to Bushnell and strong operating performance.  ATK now expects full-year interest expense of approximately $80 million, reflecting the refinancing of existing debt, including an approximately $6 million write-off of unamortized financing costs, and the financing of the Bushnell acquisition. ATK also expects a full-year tax rate of approximately 34.5 percent, down from its previous guidance of approximately 35 percent.

Full-year FY14 EPS guidance is now $9.10 to $9.40 up from previous guidance of $8.60 to $9.00, reflecting strong operating performance and an approximately $0.50 dilutive effect of the Bushnell acquisition due to the stub period, transaction expenses and purchase accounting. ATK expects its full-year FY14 free cash flow guidance in the range of  $210 million to $230 million, up from previous guidance of $200 million to $225 million (see reconciliation table for details).

ATK's FY14 guidance assumes that an appropriations bill or continuing resolution for Government Fiscal Year 2014 will continue to support and fund ATK's programs beyond the current Jan. 15, 2014 deadline. FY14 guidance also assumes no disruption of programs or payments during any potential future shutdown of government operations and no cancellation or termination of any of ATK's significant programs.

As previously communicated, ATK's FY14 guidance assumes lower margin rates in the second half of the year in the Small Caliber Systems division as the company begins to operate under a new contract.

"ATK's updated guidance reflects the company's growth through disciplined investing in our leadership positions, including organic growth as well as our strategic acquisitions of Savage and Bushnell," said Neal Cohen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ATK. "We are committed to execution excellence and quality through our Performance Enterprise System business model, continued earnings and free cash flow growth, and maintaining a strong balance sheet."

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Sales, Margins, and Earnings Per Share

The Sales, Margins, and Earnings Per Share (EPS) excluding the Savage inventory step-up, early extinguishment of debt, and the tax settlement and several tax law changes are non-GAAP financial measures that ATK defines as Sales, Margins, and EPS excluding the impact of these items. ATK management is presenting these measures so a reader may compare Sales, Margin and EPS excluding these items as the measures provide investors with an important perspective on the operating results of the Company. ATK management uses these measurements internally to assess business performance and ATK's definition may differ from those used by other companies. Amounts in the following tables are in thousands (except EPS data).

 

Total ATK for the Quarter Ended

September 29, 2013:

Sales

EBIT

Margin

Loss on Extinguishment of Debt

Taxes

After-tax

EPS

As reported

$

1,142,381

$

148,266

13.0%

$

?

$

40,376

$

92,591

$

2.86

Inventory step-up

7,809

2,889

4,920

0.15

Tax law changes

6,048

(6,048)

(0.19)

As adjusted

$

1,142,381

$

156,075

13.7%

$

?

$

49,313

$

91,463

$

2.82

 

Total ATK for the Quarter Ended

September 30, 2012:

Sales

EBIT

Margin

Loss on Extinguishment of Debt

Taxes

After-tax

EPS

As reported

$

1,069,787

$

110,557

10.3%

$

11,773

$

15,640

$

65,061

$

2.00

Early debt extinguishment

(11,773)

4,591

7,182

0.22

FY 09 and 10 tax settlement

11,123

(11,123)

(0.34)

As adjusted

$

1,069,787

$

110,557

10.3%

$

?

$

31,354

$

61,120

$

1.88

 

Sporting Group for the Quarter Ended

September 29, 2013:

Sales

EBIT

Margin

As reported

$

421,359

$

57,823

13.7%

Inventory step up

7,809

As adjusted

$

421,359

$

65,632

15.6%

 

Free Cash Flow

Free 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 debt repayment, cash dividends, share repurchases and acquisitions 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. Amounts in the following table are in thousands.

$ in thousands

Six Months Ended

 September 30, 2012

Six Months Ended 

September 29, 2013

Projected Year Ending

March 31, 2014

Cash (used for) provided by operating activities

$

(32,788)

$

42,553

$355,000?$375,000

Capital expenditures

(40,182)

(52,262)

~(145,000)

Free cash flow

$

(72,970)

$

(9,709)

$210,000?$230,000

ATK is an aerospace, defense and commercial products company with operations in 22 states, Puerto Rico and internationally. News and information can be found on the Internet at www.atk.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atk or on Twitter @ATK.

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: the risk that the anticipated benefits and cost savings from the Bushnell transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer than expected to realize; assumptions regarding the demand for Bushnell's products; the ability of ATK to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with customers, suppliers and other business partners of Bushnell; costs or difficulties related to the integration of Bushnell following completion of the transaction; and changes in the business, industry or economic conditions or competitive environment; assumptions related to the profitability of commercial aerospace structures programs; uncertainties related to the development of NASA's new Space Launch System; demand for commercial and military ammunition; sales levels of firearms; changes in federal and state firearms and ammunition regulation; changes in governmental spending, budgetary policies, including the impacts of sequestration under the Budget Control Act of 2011, and product sourcing strategies; the company's competitive environment; risks inherent in the development and manufacture of advanced technology; risks associated with compliance and diversification into new markets, including international markets; assumptions regarding the company's long-term growth strategy; assumptions regarding growth opportunities in international and commercial markets; increases in commodity costs, energy prices, and production costs; assumptions regarding orders; 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; cybersecurity and other industrial and physical security threats; 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 or policies; 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.

 

ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(preliminary and unaudited)

QUARTERS ENDED

SIX MONTHS ENDED

(Amounts in thousands except per share data)

September 29, 2013

September 30, 2012

September 29, 2013

September 30, 2012

Sales

$

1,142,381

$

1,069,787

$

2,221,122

$

2,152,089

Cost of sales

874,955

841,520

1,711,685

1,674,199

Gross profit

267,426

228,267

509,437

477,890

Operating expenses:

Research and development

11,801

15,914

22,226

29,921

Selling

46,899

39,609

89,664

80,136

General and administrative

60,460

62,187

123,658

126,588

Income before interest, loss on extinguishment of debt, income taxes, and noncontrolling interest

148,266

110,557

273,889

241,245

Interest expense

(15,242)

(18,098)

(29,132)

(37,913)

Interest income

23

123

91

187

Loss on extinguishment of debt

?

(11,773)

?

(11,773)

Income before income taxes and noncontrolling interest

133,047

80,809

244,848

191,746

Income tax provision

40,376

15,640

80,037

55,637

Net income

92,671

65,169

164,811

136,109

Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

80

108

183

220

Net income attributable to Alliant Techsystems Inc.

$

92,591

$

65,061

$

164,628

$

135,889

Alliant Techsystems Inc.'s earnings per common share:

Basic

$

2.92

$

2.01

$

5.18

$

4.18

Diluted

$

2.86

$

2.00

$

5.10

$

4.16

Cash dividends paid per share

$

0.26

$

0.20

$

0.52

$

0.40

Alliant Techsystems Inc.'s weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:

Basic

31,671

32,406

31,781

32,519

Diluted

32,385

32,591

32,256

32,685

Net income (from above)

$

92,671

$

65,169

$

164,811

$

136,109

Other comprehensive income (loss) net of tax:

Pension and other postretirement benefit liabilities:

Reclassification of prior service credits for pension and postretirement benefit plans recorded to net income, net of tax benefit of $2,790, $841, $5,620, and $1,683

(4,552)

(1,352)

(9,063)

(2,703)

Reclassification of net actuarial loss for pension and postretirement benefit plans recorded to net income, net of tax expense of $(14,077), $(12,297), and $(28,396) $(24,619)

22,968

19,501

45,694

39,041

Valuation adjustment for pension and postretirement benefit plans, net of tax (expense) benefit of $0, $0, $0, and $(732)

?

?

?

1,268

Change in fair value of derivatives, net of tax benefit (expense) of $(2,097), $(1,971), $1,721 and $847, respectively

3,222

3,073

(2,759)

(1,334)

Change in fair value of available-for-sale securities, net of tax benefit of $52, $91, $64, and $148, respectively

(83)

(142)

(103)

(232)

Total other comprehensive income

$

21,555

$

21,080

$

33,769

$

36,040

Comprehensive income

114,226

86,249

198,580

172,149

Less comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest

80

108

183

220

Comprehensive income attributable to Alliant Techsystems Inc.

$

114,146

$

86,141

$

198,397

$

171,929

 

ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS INC.CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(preliminary and unaudited)

(Amounts in thousands except share data)

September 29, 2013

March 31, 2013

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

112,911

$

417,289

Net receivables

1,391,320

1,312,573

Net inventories

392,021

315,064

Income tax receivable

?

22,066

Deferred income tax assets

61,906

106,566

Other current assets

49,965

45,174

Total current assets

2,008,123

2,218,732

Net property, plant, and equipment

625,277

602,320

Goodwill

1,411,831

1,251,536

Noncurrent deferred income tax assets

65,936

95,007

Deferred charges and other non-current assets

334,191

215,415

Total assets

$

4,445,358

$

4,383,010

Liabilities and Equity

Current liabilities:

Current portion of long-term debt

$

334,996

$

50,000

Accounts payable

216,639

337,713

Contract advances and allowances

110,735

119,491

Accrued compensation

90,574

137,630

Accrued income taxes

16,154

?

Other accrued liabilities

314,632

262,021

Total current liabilities

1,083,730

906,855

Long-term debt

820,000

1,023,877

Postretirement and postemployment benefits liabilities

87,955

94,087

Accrued pension liability

679,633

719,172

Other long-term liabilities

118,429

126,458

Total liabilities

2,789,747

2,870,449

Commitments and contingencies

Common stock - $.01 par value:

Authorized?180,000,000 shares, Issued and outstanding?31,857,974 shares at September 29, 2013 and 32,318,295 shares at March 31, 2013

319

323

Additional paid-in-capital

535,015

534,137

Retained earnings

2,631,432

2,483,483

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(794,535)

(828,304)

Common stock in treasury, at cost?9,697,475 shares held at September 29, 2013 and 9,237,154 shares held at March 31, 2013

(727,195)

(687,470)

Total Alliant Techsystems Inc. stockholders' equity

1,645,036

1,502,169

Noncontrolling interest

10,575

10,392

Total equity

1,655,611

1,512,561

Total liabilities and equity

$

4,445,358

$

4,383,010

 

ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(preliminary and unaudited)

SIX MONTHS ENDED

(Amounts in thousands)

September 29, 2013

September 30, 2012

Operating Activities

Net income

$

164,811

$

136,109

Adjustments to net income to arrive at cash used for operating activities:

Depreciation

46,442

52,518

Amortization of intangible assets

7,106

5,735

Amortization of debt discount

3,619

3,378

Amortization of deferred financing costs

1,798

1,979

Deferred income taxes

3,577

(5,330)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

?

11,773

Loss on disposal of property

1,581

576

Share-based plans expense

6,308

6,437

Excess tax benefits from share-based plans

(713)

?

Changes in assets and liabilities:

Net receivables

(44,550)

45,251

Net inventories

(40,458)

(40,102)

Accounts payable

(129,474)

(118,345)

Contract advances and allowances

(8,756)

(1,818)

Accrued compensation

(49,880)

(19,965)

Accrued income taxes

27,983

2,181

Pension and other postretirement benefits

13,735

(68,833)

Other assets and liabilities

39,424

(44,332)

Cash provided by (used for) operating activities

42,553

(32,788)

Investing Activities

Capital expenditures

(52,262)

(40,182)

Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired

(313,963)

?

Proceeds from the disposition of property, plant, and equipment

5,363

19

Cash used for investing activities

(360,862)

(40,163)

Financing Activities

Borrowings on line of credit

235,000

?

Repayments of line of credit

(145,000)

?

Payments made on bank debt

(12,500)

(10,000)

Payments made to extinguish debt

?

(409,000)

Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt

?

200,000

Payments made for debt issue costs

?

(1,458)

Purchase of treasury shares

(48,259)

(24,997)

Dividends paid

(16,679)

(13,064)

Proceeds from employee stock compensation plans

656

?

Excess tax benefits from share-based plans

713

?

Cash provided by (used for) financing activities

13,931

(258,519)

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(304,378)

(331,470)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

417,289

568,813

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

112,911

$

237,343

 

Media Contact:

Investor Contact:

Amanda Covington

Michael Pici

Phone: 703-412-3231

Phone: 703-412-3216

E-mail: amanda.covington@atk.com

E-mail: michael.pici@atk.com

 

SOURCE ATK

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