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Nov 6,2015

LMI Aerospace Announces Third Quarter 2015 Results

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 06, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LMI Aerospace Inc. (Nasdaq:LMIA) ("LMI" or the "Company"), a leading provider of design and aftermarket engineering services, and supplier of structural assemblies, kits and components to the aerospace and defense markets, announced its financial results

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 06, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LMI Aerospace Inc. (Nasdaq:LMIA) ("LMI" or the "Company"), a leading provider of design and aftermarket engineering services, and supplier of structural assemblies, kits and components to the aerospace and defense markets, announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Third Quarter 2015 Highlights

  • Awarded a new contract with a total expected value of $40 million on a light business jet program
  • Won Airbus A320 work with a new customer
  • Generated $4.8 million in cash from operations
  • Reaffirmed 2015 guidance

Third Quarter Results

For the third quarter of 2015, net sales were $95.6 million, compared to $97.3 million in the third quarter of 2014. Net income of $0.03 million, or break-even per diluted share, was realized in the third quarter of 2015, compared to net income of $1.4 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2014.

Operating income and operating income excluding non-recurring items were both $6.1 million for the third quarter of 2015.  Non-recurring items included a net gain of $3.3 million on a legal settlement, an unfavorable cumulative catch-up adjustment of $1.7 million, and restructuring and other costs of $1.6 million.   Diluted income per share, excluding the impact of non-recurring items, was break-even in the third quarter of 2015.  Operating income for the third quarter of 2014, excluding the impact of $2.4 million of net favorable, non-recurring items, was $4.3 million. Diluted loss per share, excluding the impact of non-recurring items, was $0.07 in the third quarter of 2014.

"LMI continues to win work with new customers and on new platforms, supporting our long-term growth strategy," said LMI Aerospace Chief Executive Officer Dan Korte. "Recently, we were awarded a subcontract to provide sheet-metal formed parts for the Airbus A320 program, adding to our content on Airbus platforms. We also received our first contract on a new light business jet program, expanding our opportunities in the corporate and regional jet market.

"We challenged Aerostructures earlier this year to drive down inventory levels across our operations to help improve cash flow as we continue to reduce our leverage. The $4 million of progress Aerostructures made in reducing inventory this quarter is encouraging. Our disciplined demand management processes are proving effective and I look forward to seeing further improvement in 2016."

Aerostructures Segment

  Q3    Q3  
Net Sales ($ in millions) 2015 % of Total  2014 % of Total
   
Large commercial aircraft $45.1  53.0%  $41.6  50.2%
Corporate and regional aircraft 23.6  27.7%  21.4  25.8%
Military 8.9  10.5%  13.0  15.7%
Other 7.5  8.8%  6.9  8.3%
Total $85.1  100.0%  $82.9  100.0%


Aerostructures revenue increased 2.7 percent to $85.1 million in the third quarter of 2015 from $82.9 million in the third quarter of 2014, driven by higher shipments on large commercial and corporate and regional aircraft platforms, which were partially offset by lower shipments on military programs.

Growth on the Boeing 787 and 737 platforms contributed increases of $3.5 million and $0.9 million, respectively, over the prior year quarter in the large commercial aircraft market. Net sales to the corporate and regional jet market increased $2.2 million, primarily due to increased tooling sales on the Gulfstream G600 program.  Military sales on various Boeing programs and the Black Hawk helicopter program declined $1.4 million and $1.4 million, respectively, over the prior year quarter.

The Aerostructures segment generated gross profit of $16.6 million, or 19.5 percent of net sales, in the third quarter of 2015 versus $20.4 million, or 24.6 percent of net sales, in the third quarter of 2014. The change in gross profit margin was the primary result of the reversal of a loss reserve of $4.6 million on a long-term contract in the third quarter of 2014. Gross profit in the third quarter of 2015 was favorably impacted by increased sales volume.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $7.7 million in the third quarter of 2015 versus $12.5 million in the third quarter of 2014.  The Company recorded a net gain in the third quarter of 2015 of $3.3 million related to a legal settlement.  Additionally, salaries and related expenses resulting from previously implemented cost reduction plans declined $0.5 million in the third quarter of 2015. An impairment expense of $0.4 million related to an asset held for sale and environmental expenses of $0.5 million were recorded in the third quarter of 2014.  Excluding the impact of these items, selling, general and administrative expenses were $10.5 million and $11.6 million in the third quarter of 2015 and 2014, respectively.

Engineering Services Segment

  Q3    Q3  
Net Sales ($ in millions) 2015 % of Total  2014 % of Total
   
Large commercial aircraft $6.4  59.3%  $6.6  44.9%
Corporate and regional aircraft 0.8  7.4%  4.4  29.9%
Military 2.9  26.9%  2.7  18.4%
Other 0.7  6.4%  1.0  6.8%
Total $10.8  100.0%  $14.7  100.0%


Engineering Services revenue decreased 26.4 percent to $10.8 million in the third quarter of 2015 from $14.7 million in the third quarter of 2014, driven primarily by an unfavorable cumulative catch-up on a corporate and regional jet program.

Net sales in the corporate and regional aircraft market declined primarily due to a $2.7 million decrease in the Bombardier Learjet L-85 program that was canceled in late 2014. Additionally, an unfavorable cumulative catch-up of $1.9 million was recognized on the Mitsubishi Regional Jet program in the third quarter of 2015 related to higher-than-expected engineering costs required to meet customer specifications.

Gross profit for the segment was $0.04 million, or 0.4 percent of net sales, for the third quarter of 2015, compared to $1.6 million, or 10.9 percent of net sales, for the prior year quarter.  The decrease in gross profit was primarily attributable to unfavorable cumulative long-term revenue adjustments of $1.9 million in the third quarter of 2015 and the decline in sales and fixed-cost utilization.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the segment were $2.8 million in the third quarter of 2015 compared to $2.8 million in the third quarter of 2014.  An increase in restructuring cost of $0.8 million in the third quarter of 2015 was offset by savings realized from prior cost-reduction activities when compared to the third quarter of 2014.

Non-Segment

Interest expense decreased $0.3 million in the third quarter of 2015 on lower borrowings compared to the third quarter of 2014.

The Company recorded income tax expense of $0.2 million for the third quarter of 2015, compared to an income tax benefit of $0.8 million in the third quarter of 2014.

The Company generated cash flow from operations of $4.8 million in the third quarter of 2015 and funded net capital expenditures of $3.6 million, resulting in free cash flow of $1.3 million.

Backlog at September 30, 2015, increased to $384.3 million, compared to $366.0 million at June 30, 2015.

Outlook for 2015

The Company reaffirms the guidance for 2015 previously provided in the second quarter 2015 earnings release dated August 7, 2015:

  • Revenue of between $377.0 million and $387.0 million, consisting of Aerostructures revenue of between $325.0 million and $330.0 million and Engineering Services revenue of between $52.0 million and $57.0 million
  • Operating profit of between $20.0 million and  $24.0 million
  • Free cash flow of between $10.0 million and $15.0 million.


Conference Call and Webcast Information

In connection with this release and as previously announced, LMI will hold a conference call today, Nov. 6, 2015, at 9:00 a.m., Central Standard Time. LMI Chief Executive Officer Dan Korte and Chief Financial Officer Cliff Stebe will host the call. To participate in the call, dial 866-307-3343 approximately five minutes before the conference call time start time.

Visit http://ir.lmiaerospace.com/events.cfm to access a link to a live webcast of the call. A recording of the call will be available for a limited time on the Company's website after the call concludes.

About LMI Aerospace

LMI Aerospace Inc. is a leading supplier of structural solutions and engineering services to the commercial, business and regional, and military aerospace markets. Manufacturing more than 40,000 products for a variety of platforms and providing turnkey engineering capabilities to support aircraft lifecycles, LMI offers complete, integrated solutions in aerostructures, engineering and program management. Based in St. Louis, LMI has 24 operations located across the United States and in Mexico, the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka. For more information visit: www.lmiaerospace.com.

Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes forward-looking statements, including statements related to LMI's strategy and outlook for 2015 and beyond, and other statements based on current management expectations, estimates and projections. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees and are inherently subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, difficulties implementing the Company's growth strategy, continued decline in demand in the Engineering Services segment, managing the increased leverage resulting from our notes and revolving credit facility, complying with debt covenants with respect to such indebtedness and competitive pressures, as well as those Risk Factors detailed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, and any risk factors set forth in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements included in this document are only made as of the date of this document and we disclaim any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

LMI Aerospace, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)

 September 30, December 31,
 2015 2014
Assets   
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$476  $7,927 
Trade accounts receivable, net61,389  58,234 
Inventories118,877  114,279 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets10,830  10,255 
Deferred income taxes3,775  3,913 
Total current assets195,347  194,608 
    
Property, plant and equipment, net101,102  99,482 
Goodwill86,784  86,784 
Intangible assets, net47,671  50,940 
Other assets8,971  10,622 
Total assets$439,875  $442,436 
    
Liabilities and shareholders' equity   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$17,961  $21,755 
Accrued expenses24,634  26,072 
Current installments of long-term debt and capital lease obligations3,557  3,424 
Total current liabilities46,152  51,251 
    
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations, less current installments267,607  265,554 
Other long-term liabilities3,101  3,289 
Deferred income taxes4,155  4,207 
Total long-term liabilities274,863  273,050 
    
Shareholders' equity:   
Common stock, $0.02 par value per share; authorized 28,000,000 shares; issued 13,287,688 and 13,089,003 shares at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively266  262 
Preferred stock, $0.02 par value per share; authorized 2,000,000 shares; none issued at either date   
Additional paid-in capital97,239  95,460 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(201) (170)
Treasury stock, at cost, 30,767 and 28,396 shares at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively(333) (359)
Retained earnings21,889  22,942 
Total shareholders' equity118,860  118,135 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$439,875  $442,436 


LMI Aerospace, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)(Unaudited) 

 Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
 2015 2014 2015 2014
        
Sales and service revenue       
Product sales$84,114  $81,693  $246,730  $245,349 
Service revenue11,519  15,642  38,928  53,674 
Net sales95,633  97,335  285,658  299,023 
Cost of sales and service revenue       
Cost of product sales67,514  61,535  197,211  195,170 
Cost of service revenue11,493  13,757  35,853  45,215 
Cost of sales79,007  75,292  233,064  240,385 
Gross profit16,626  22,043  52,594  58,638 
        
Selling, general and administrative expenses8,979  14,615  33,980  41,770 
Restructuring expense1,575  765  2,368  2,288 
Income from operations6,072  6,663  16,246  14,580 
        
Other (expense) income:       
Interest expense(5,653) (5,946) (16,802) (23,800)
Other, net(136) (75) (89) 205 
Total other expense(5,789) (6,021) (16,891) (23,595)
        
Income (loss) before income taxes283  642  (645) (9,015)
Provision (benefit) for income taxes249  (754) 408  (2,557)
        
Net income (loss)34  1,396  (1,053) (6,458)
Other comprehensive income (expense):       
Change in foreign currency translation adjustment(32) (112) (31) (18)
Reclassification adjustment for losses on interest rate hedges included in net earnings, net of tax of $0, $0, $0 and $157$0  $0  $0  $278 
Total comprehensive income (loss)$2  $1,284  $(1,084) $(6,198)
        
Amounts per common share:       
Net income (loss) per common share$0.00  $0.11  $(0.08) $(0.51)
        
Net income (loss) per common share assuming dilution$0.00  $0.11  $(0.08) $(0.51)
        
Weighted average common shares outstanding12,907,938  12,740,034  12,851,456  12,704,568 
        
Weighted average dilutive common shares outstanding13,050,238  12,887,363  12,851,456  12,704,568 


LMI Aerospace, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)

 Nine Months Ended
 September 30,
 2015 2014
Operating activities:   
Net loss$(1,053) $(6,458)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization15,018  17,002 
Deferred taxes(78) 147 
Stock based compensation1,424  1,442 
Debt issuance cost write-off  8,464 
Payments to settle interest rate derivatives  (793)
Other non-cash items(94) (87)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:   
Accounts receivable(3,238) 8,187 
Inventories(4,993) 2,079 
Prepaid expenses and other assets1,914  2,003 
Current income taxes(75) (2,899)
Accounts payable(1,754) 785 
Accrued expenses(1,354) 6,144 
Net cash provided by operating activities5,717  36,016 
Investing activities:   
Additions to property, plant and equipment(15,305) (10,302)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment260  981 
Net cash used by investing activities(15,045) (9,321)
Financing activities:   
Proceeds from issuance of debt  250,000 
Principal payments on long-term debt and notes payable(1,814) (231,898)
Advances on revolving line of credit93,500  60,000 
Payments on revolving line of credit(89,500) (96,000)
Payments for debt issuance cost(309) (7,881)
Other, net  (28)
Net cash provided (used) by financing activities1,877  (25,807)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents(7,451) 888 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period7,927  1,572 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$476  $2,460 
Supplemental disclosure of noncash transactions:   
Defined contribution plan funding in company stock$710  $848 


LMI Aerospace, Inc.

Selected Non-GAAP Disclosures
(Amounts in thousands)
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
   
  2015 2014 2015 2014
         
Non-GAAP Financial Information    
Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA)(1):        
         
Net income (loss) $34  $1,396  $(1,053) $(6,458)
Income tax (benefit) expense 249  (754) 408  (2,557)
Depreciation and amortization 5,098  5,998  15,018  17,002 
Stock based compensation 828  1,007  2,588  2,031 
Interest expense 5,653  5,946  16,802  23,800 
Restructuring expense 1,575  765  2,368  2,288 
Integration expense 175  64  348  557 
Other, net (2) (1,934) 537  (1,974) 791 
Adjusted EBITDA $11,678  $14,959  $34,505  $37,454 
         
Free Cash Flow (3):        
         
Net cash provided by operating activities $4,843  $21,076  $5,717  $36,016 
Less net capital expenditures (3,593) (2,517) (15,045) (9,321)
Free cash flow $1,250  $18,559  $(9,328) $26,695 


(1)  The Company believes Adjusted EBITDA is a measure important to many investors as an indication of operating performance by the business. We feel this measure provides additional transparency to investors that augments but does not replace the GAAP reporting of net income and provides a good comparative measure. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of performance defined by GAAP and should not be used in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measure of net income.

(2)  In the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Company recorded a net gain of $3.3 million related to a legal settlement.  The gain realized from the settlement offsets expenses of $1.9 million that were recorded as a favorable adjustment to EBITDA when incurred in prior quarters.  For consistency, the above table reflects only $1.9 million of the net gain as an unfavorable EBITDA adjustment.

(3)  The Company believes Free Cash Flow is a measure of the operating cash flow of the Company that is useful to investors. Free Cash Flow is a measure of cash generated by the Company for such purposes as repaying debt or funding acquisitions. Free Cash Flow is not a measure of performance defined by GAAP and should not be used in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measure of cash provided by operating activities.

Cliff Stebe
Chief Financial Officer, 636.946.6525