Hawker Posts Loss In Third Quarter

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Hawker Beechcraft Acquisition Company, LLC reported a decrease in revenues during the third quarter of 2011 as compared to the same period of 2010. However, the Company realized an improvement to gross margin, operating loss, and net loss for the third quarter of 2011 as compared to the same period of 2010.

“We continue to improve our operating cost structure primarily by the investments we are making to drive costs out of the business,” said Bill Boisture, Hawker Beechcraft Chairman and CEO. “However, we continue to feel the effects of the depressed light-jet market, which is evidenced by fewer deliveries in our Business and General Aviation (B&GA) segment this quarter.”

Third Quarter 2011 Financial Summary Net Sales: The Company reported net sales for the three months ended September 30, 2011, of $518.8 million, a decrease of $75.9 million as compared to net sales of $594.7 million in the same period of 2010. Additional information is provided in the Business Segment Summary section below.

Operating Income: During the three months ended September 30, 2011, the Company recorded an operating loss of $42.2 million, an improvement of $39.2 million as compared to an operating loss of $81.4 million during the same period of 2010. Additional information is provided in the Business Segment Summary section below.

Liquidity: On September 30, 2011, available liquidity was $336.0 million as compared to $382.4 million on June 30, 2011. The decrease was due to a variety of factors, including temporary supply disruptions in addition to seasonal inventory increases in preparation for deliveries during the fourth quarter of 2011.

During the third quarter, the Company drew a total of $75.0 million on its revolving credit facility in order to keep a prudent amount of cash on hand as it worked through supply issues and accumulated inventory. The Company paid back $25.0 million in the quarter, leaving $50.0 million outstanding at quarter-end. The Company may make additional draws on the revolver, which currently has approximately $189.3 million of availability, in order to maintain an appropriate supply of cash for day-to-day operations.

Backlog: The Company’s backlog was $1.3 billion on September 30, 2011, as compared to $1.4 billion on June 30, 2011, with deliveries of $519 million, new orders of $526 million and cancellations of $30 million. Approximately 28 percent of the backlog on September 30, 2011, represented orders that are not expected to be delivered in the next 12 months.

Business Segment Summary Business and General Aviation Deliveries: The Company reported 38 deliveries in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to 49 deliveries in the same period of 2010. The primary contributor to the difference in deliveries was supply disruptions that have affected production of the King Air, Hawker 4000 and piston aircraft, causing deferral of some deliveries that were expected to occur in the third quarter. The Hawker 4000 supply disruption has been resolved and deliveries have resumed in the United States, but the Company is still awaiting approvals from agencies in other countries before it will be able to deliver Hawker 4000 aircraft in these areas. The supply disruptions related to King Air and piston aircraft are expected to continue in the fourth quarter of this year, resulting in fewer deliveries than planned. Year-to-date aircraft deliveries in the B&GA segment are down with 127 planes delivered in 2011 as compared to 137 deliveries in the same period of 2010.

Sales: The B&GA segment reported sales of $283.2 million in the third quarter of 2011; a decrease of $53.6 million as compared to sales of $336.8 million in the same period of 2010. The majority of this decrease was due to fewer deliveries of aircraft. The supply disruptions described above have contributed to this decrease.

Operating Income: The B&GA segment recorded an operating loss of $75.4 million for the third quarter of 2011; an improvement of $49.1 million as compared to $124.5 million during the same period of 2010. This improvement is due primarily to one-time charges made during the third quarter of 2010.

“We continue to experience lower demand in our B&GA segment due to a lack of confidence in the global economic environment,” Boisture said. “However, with the supplier issues resolved and the recent FAA certification of the Hawker 4000 Upgrade and Enhancement (U&E) program, we have resumed deliveries of our flagship aircraft and it is already receiving great reviews in the marketplace.”

Global Customer Support Sales: The Global Customer Support (GCS) segment reported sales of $126.7 million in the third quarter of 2011; a decrease of $8.9 million as compared to $135.6 million during the same period of 2010. The decrease in revenue was primarily due to a temporary disruption in the business that occurred in connection with the implementation of the Company’s computer system upgrade. This disruption was short in nature and ordinary operations have resumed. Year-to-date sales for 2011 are $387.5 million; an increase of $1.7 million as compared to $385.8 million during the same period of 2010.

Operating Income: The GCS segment recorded operating income of $20.7 million for the third quarter of 2011; a decrease of $2.3 million as compared to $23.0 million during same period of 2010. Year-to-date operating income for 2011 is $68.9 million; an increase of $4.8 million as compared to $64.1 million during the same period of 2010.

“We had another successful quarter in our GCS organization,” Boisture said. “Our aftermarket upgrade programs including the 400XPR, 800XPR and King Air 200GTR continue to gain acceptance in the marketplace. In Q3 we received both FAA and EASA certification on the 800XPR and deliveries have commenced. We also recently announced last month at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention an order of up to twelve 800XPR aircraft to XOJET, with seven of those aircraft scheduled to be delivered this year. GCS will also open a new factory-owned service center in Monterrey, Mexico, in the spring of 2012 – an investment that further demonstrates our commitment to support our customers throughout the globe.”

Trainer/Attack Deliveries: Deliveries in the Trainer/Attack Aircraft segment are down slightly with 18 deliveries in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to 20 deliveries in the same period of 2010. Year-to-date aircraft deliveries for the Trainer/Attack segment are up with 60 planes delivered in 2011 as compared to 58 deliveries in the same period of 2010.

Sales: The Trainer/Attack Aircraft segment reported sales of $133.7 million in the third quarter of 2011; a decrease of $27.4 million as compared to $161.1 million during the same period of 2010. The decrease in revenue was primarily due to a decrease in spare parts and training system sales and slower production levels resulting from fewer aircraft under contract as compared to the same period of 2010.

Operating Income: The Trainer/Attack Aircraft segment recorded operating income of $12.6 million for the third quarter of 2011; a decrease of $7.6 million as compared to $20.2 million during the same period of 2010. The decrease in operating income was primarily due to reduced spare parts and training system sales and slower production as discussed above.

“Our Defense organization continues to provide stability for our company during the down market in the B&GA division,” Boisture said. “In September, the Company delivered the 100th T-6B military trainer to the U.S. Navy. This aircraft is a symbol of our commitment and dedication to the U.S. armed forces and the missions they carry out. In addition, last month during weapons testing in Arizona, the AT-6 dropped eight laser guided munitions scoring hits on all of its intended targets. The aircraft continues to meet or exceed expectations and is ready for full production if the U.S. Air Force awards the contract for the Light Air Support programs to the Company.”

Other Developments:
The Company completed its scheduled contract negotiations with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) on August 6 and obtained a 69 percent vote in favor of the contract. This is the highest percentage an aircraft manufacturing company has received during this down market.

“The partnership between the company and the Union leadership throughout our negotiation process proved very productive,” Boisture said. “The new contract encourages open communication, mutual respect and trust, while continuing to leverage the tremendous progress we have made. This is significant for our company and provides us with the opportunity to grow efficiently in the future and keep high-quality jobs in Wichita.”

In September, the Company announced new interiors for its Beechcraft Baron and Bonanza products. The new interiors improve cabin comfort and functionality with enhanced styling inspired by interiors found in the world’s finest automobiles. The Company also announced additional upgrades for its Baron and Bonanza aircraft, including an automatic climate control system and an LED external lighting package. The new features will be phased into production in the second quarter of 2012.

Also in September, Hawker Beechcraft received FAA certification on the Hawker 4000 U&E program, which delivers a targeted set of upgrades including avionics and system and regulatory improvements. All new aircraft coming off the production line are equipped with these features and the Company has begun implementing this program on the installed base of Hawker 4000 aircraft.

“We are heading into the fourth quarter with a great deal of momentum,” Boisture said. “We had a successful show at NBAA last month in Las Vegas where we signed several purchase agreements for both our Hawker and Beechcraft products and announced several key initiatives that will be instrumental to the success of our Company in the coming months. We continue to be focused on the ownership and operating experience of our customers and are making significant investments in our Global Customer Support organization to see this through. I am confident we will finish the year strong and continue this momentum into 2012.”


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