ATK Reports FY13 Third Quarter Operating Results ATK Increases FY13 Full-Year Sales and EPS Guidance

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) today reported operating results for the third quarter of its Fiscal Year 2013, which ended on December 30, 2012.  Orders for the quarter were $1.4 billion, up from $701 million in the prior-year quarter, bringing the year-to-date book-to-bill ratio to 1.2, driven by strong orders in ATK's Aerospace and Sporting Groups. Third quarter year-over-year sales of $1.0 billion were down 5.5 percent, largely driven by the loss of the contract for operation and maintenance of the U.S. Army's Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RFAAP).

Margins of 10.1 percent in the third quarter were up compared with the prior-year quarter of 9.4 percent. Excluding sales and associated profit from contracts at RFAAP and the absence of an accrual regarding a previously disclosed settlement related to the LUU flares litigation (the LUU flares accrual), FY13 third quarter margins as adjusted were 9.8 percent compared to 11.7 percent in the prior year quarter (see reconciliation table for details). The decrease was driven by higher pension expense and lower sales on higher margin programs in the energetics division and the lack of the reversal of the 2010-2012 long-term incentive accrual recorded in the prior year, partially offset by increased profit in the Sporting and Aerospace Groups. Fully diluted earnings per share were $1.93 compared to $1.51 in the prior-year period. Excluding sales and associated profit from the RFAAP contract and the LUU flares accrual, as adjusted fully diluted EPS was $1.84 compared to the prior-year quarter of $2.03 (see reconciliation table for details). Please see segment and corporate results below.

Key contract awards for the company in the third quarter include NASA's Space Launch System and Advanced Booster projects, commercial aircraft business, a U.S. Air Force Weather Satellite study and spacecraft structures orders. The Defense Group also recorded key contract awards including the AAR-47 and the XM25 programs, and orders and sales volumes were strong in the Sporting Group, where ATK also continued its trend of improved operating margins.

"Our results this past quarter reflect ATK's strength in our core markets, expanding capabilities, improved competitiveness, and successful execution across the enterprise," said Mark DeYoung, ATK President and CEO. "We are focused on delivering sustainable revenues, improved earnings, free-cash flow and shareholder value."

SUMMARY OF REPORTED RESULTS
The following table presents the company's results for the third quarter of the fiscal year, which ended December 30, 2012 (in thousands).

Sales:



Quarters Ended


Nine Months Ended



December 30, 2012


January 1, 2012


$

Change

% Change


December 30, 2012


January 1, 2012


$

Change

% Change
















Aerospace Group

$                301,123


$ 301,843


$  (720)

(0.2)%


$     906,078


$  988,148


$(82,070)

(8.3)%


Defense Group

467,477


572,580


(105,103)

(18.4)%


1,466,089


1,593,032


(126,943)

(8.0)%


Sporting Group

287,582


243,061


44,521

18.3%


836,104


720,977


115,127

16.0%


Total sales

$ 1,056,182


$ 1,117,484


$ (61,302)

(5.5)%


$  3,208,271


$ 3,302,157


$(93,886)

(2.8)%

 

Income before Interest, Income Taxes, and Noncontrolling Interest (Operating Profit):







Quarters Ended


Nine Months Ended



December 30, 2012


January 1, 2012


$

Change

% Change


December 30, 2012


January 1, 2012


$

Change

% Change
















Aerospace Group

$     37,478


$     34,839


$   2,639

7.6%


$    109,506


$ 115,060


$  (5,554)

(4.8)%

Defense Group

53,389


87,000


(33,611)

(38.6)%


209,295


241,695


(32,400)

(13.4)%

Sporting Group

30,215


22,786


7,429

32.6%


76,142


75,436


706

0.9%

Corporate

(14,223)


(39,201)


24,978

63.7%


(46,839)


(48,820)


1,981

4.1%

Total operating profit

$   106,859


$   105,424


$   1,435

1.4%


$    348,104


$ 383,371


$(35,267)

(9.2)%

 

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

AEROSPACE GROUP
Third quarter sales were flat at $301 million compared to $302 million in the prior-year quarter reflecting strength in the space structures and components division, offset by lower sales in the space systems operations division.

Operating profit in the quarter increased 8 percent to $37 million compared to $35 million in the prior-year quarter, reflecting higher award fees in ATK's propulsion business.

DEFENSE GROUP
Sales in the third quarter decreased 18 percent to $467 million compared to $573 million in the prior-year quarter. Absent sales related to RFAAP in the prior year, sales were $461 million compared to $526 million in the prior-year quarter (see reconciliation table for details). The decrease was driven by lower domestic and international sales in the small caliber systems and energetics divisions.

Operating profit for the quarter fell 39 percent to $53 million compared to $87 million in the prior-year quarter. Absent sales and profit related to RFAAP, adjusted profit was down 33 percent (see reconciliation table for details), driven by lower sales and mix as noted above.

SPORTING GROUP
Third quarter sales increased by 18 percent to $288 million compared to $243 million in the prior-year quarter. The increase in sales was driven primarily by higher unit volume and a previously announced price increase for ammunition.

Operating profit in the third quarter increased by 33 percent to $30 million compared to $23 million in the prior-year quarter, driven by increased sales as noted above. Margin performance in the third quarter continues the trend of improved margins year over year.

CORPORATE AND OTHER
In the third quarter, corporate and other expenses totaled $14 million compared to $39 million in the prior-year quarter, reflecting the absence of the LUU flares accrual, partially offset by increased pension expense. The tax rate for the quarter was 31.9 percent compared to 42.0 percent in the prior year. The lower tax rate is primarily due to the absence of the impact of the non-deductible portion of the LUU flares accrual from the prior year and increased benefits from the Domestic Manufacturing Deduction. Interest expense was $14 million compared to $20 million in the prior-year quarter, reflecting lower rates and borrowings compared to the prior year. Year-to-date free cash flow was $57 million compared to $27 million in the prior-year period (see reconciliation table for details), reflecting collection of a significant receivable and lower capital expenditures, partially offset by higher pension contributions and tax payments.  

OUTLOOK
ATK is raising its full-year FY13 sales guidance to a range of approximately $4.25 billion to $4.3 billion, up from previous guidance of $4.1 billion to $4.2 billion. Full-year FY13 EPS guidance is now $7.90 to $8.10, up from previous guidance of $7.40 to $7.70, reflecting the higher sales expectations as well as improved operating performance. Full-year FY13 free cash flow guidance remains in the range of $175 million to $200 million.

"ATK's outlook for the remainder of the fiscal year reflects strengthened revenue and profitability as well as continued strong free cash flow," said Neal Cohen, ATK Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

On February 4, 2013, ATK announced it is changing the pension formula for affected employees who currently earn a benefit under ATK's defined benefit pension plans. Effective July 1, 2013, affected employees will earn benefits under a new cash balance pension formula and will also be eligible for an enhanced company match under the ATK 401(k) Plan. All of the changes are prospective and all benefits earned through June 30, 2013, will remain unchanged.  

"In order to win new business and to remain competitive, ATK is making the change to better manage our benefit costs," said Cohen. "The new program provides an industry-competitive retirement benefit to our employees that allows the company to have predictable and sustainable benefit costs for the long run."

The effective tax rate for the year is expected to be approximately 30 percent, consistent with previously reported expectations. This expected tax rate reflects the retroactive extension of the Federal R&D tax credit as a result of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, signed into law on January 2, 2013.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Sales, Margins, and Earnings Per Share

The Sales, Margins, and Earnings Per Share (EPS) excluding the results of Radford and the LUU flares accrual 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, Margins, 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.

Total ATK for the Quarter Ending


December 30, 2012:



Sales

EBIT

Margin

Taxes

After-tax

EPS

As reported

$1,056,182

$106,859

10.1%

$29,693

$63,231

$1.93

Radford

(6,741)

(4,259)


(1,661)

(2,598)

(0.09)

As adjusted

$1,049,441

$102,600

9.8%

$28,032

$60,633

$1.84


January 1, 2012:



Sales

EBIT

Margin

Taxes

After-tax

EPS

As reported

$1,117,484

$105,424

9.4%

$36,085

$49,759

$1.51

Radford

(46,275)

(13,565)


(5,290)

(8,275)

(0.25)

LUU Flare Accrual


33,305


8,065

25,240

0.77

As adjusted

$1,071,209

$125,164

11.7%

$38,860

$66,724

$2.03

 

Defense Group for the Quarter Ending


December 30, 2012:



Sales

EBIT

Margin

As reported

$467,477

$53,389

11.4%

Radford

(6,741)

(4,259)


As adjusted

$460,736

$49,130

10.7%


January 1, 2012:



Sales

EBIT

Margin

As reported

$572,580

$87,000

15.2%

Radford

(46,275)

(13,565)


As adjusted

$526,305

$73,435

14.0%

 

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.


Nine Months Ended

December 30, 2012


Nine Months Ended

January 1, 2012


Projected Year Ending

March 31, 2013







Cash used for/provided by operating activities

$   118,400


$   124,740


$275,000‒$300,000

Capital expenditures

(61,351)


(97,916)


~(100,000)

Free cash flow

$     57,049


$     26,824


$175,000‒$200,000

 

ATK is an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations in 21 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally. 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 commercial aerospace structures programs; uncertainties related to the development of NASA's new Space Launch System; demand for commercial and military ammunition; changes in federal and state firearms and ammunition regulation; changes in governmental spending, budgetary policies, including the impacts of potential 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 diversification into new 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; 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.

 

ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(preliminary and unaudited)









QUARTERS ENDED


NINE MONTHS ENDED


(In thousands except per share data)


December 30, 2012


January 1,

 2012


December 30, 2012


January 1,

 2012


Sales


$

1,056,182


$

1,117,484


$

3,208,271


$

3,302,157


Cost of sales


836,555


871,680


2,510,754


2,549,873


Gross profit


219,627


245,804


697,517


752,284


Operating expenses:










Research and development


13,947


14,624


43,869


41,711


Selling


41,535


39,989


121,670


121,421


General and administrative


57,286


85,767


183,874


205,781


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


106,859


105,424


348,104


383,371


Interest expense


(14,074)


(19,783)


(51,986)


(69,933)


Interest income


139


203


326


431


Loss on extinguishment of debt


-


-


(11,773)


-


Income before income taxes and noncontrolling interest


92,924


85,844


284,671


313,869


Income tax provision


29,693


36,085


85,330


112,308


Net income


63,231


49,759


199,341


201,561


Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interest


56


74


276


368


Net income attributable to Alliant Techsystems Inc.


$

63,175


$

49,685


$

199,065


$

201,193












Alliant Techsystems Inc.'s earnings per common share:










Basic


$

1.95


$

1.52


$

6.13


$

6.10


Diluted


1.93


1.51


6.10


6.06


    Cash dividends paid per share


0.26


0.20


0.66


0.60












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










Basic



32,454



32,781



32,493



32,966


Diluted


32,652


32,955


32,641


33,181












Net Income (from above)


63,231


49,759


199,341


201,561


Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:










Pension and other postretirement benefit liabilities:










Reclassification of prior service (credit) costs for pension and postretirement benefit plans recorded to net income (loss), net of tax (expense) benefit of $841, $844, $2,524, and $2,533


(1,352)


(1,346)


(4,055)


(4,039)


Reclassification of net actuarial loss for pension and postretirement benefit plans recorded to net income (loss), net of tax benefit of $(12,279), $(9,569), $(36,897), and $(28,705)


19,519


15,198


58,561


45,475


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


-


-


1,268


-


Change in fair value of derivatives, net of income taxes of $681, $(3,875), $1,534, and $20,495, respectively


(1,064)


6,061


(2,399)


(32,056)


Change in fair value of available-for-sale securities, net of income taxes of $(26), $60, $122, and $34, respectively


41


(95)


(191)


(54)


Total other comprehensive income(loss)


$      17,144


$      19,818


$      53,184


$             9,326












Comprehensive income


80,375


69,577


252,525


210,887


Less comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest


56


74


276


368


Comprehensive income attributable to Alliant Techsystems Inc.


$      80,319


$        69,503


$    252,249


$             210,519


 

ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(preliminary and unaudited)




(Amounts in thousands except share data)

December 30, 2012

March 31, 2012

ASSETS



Current assets:



     Cash and cash equivalents

$      361,921

$     568,813

     Net receivables

1,254,710

1,341,998

     Net inventories

303,252

258,495

     Income tax receivable

22,098

-

     Deferred income tax assets

108,123

101,720

     Other current assets

48,192

51,512

          Total current assets

2,198,296

2,322,538

Net property, plant, and equipment

581,055

604,498

Goodwill

1,251,536

1,251,536

Noncurrent deferred income tax assets

112,518

134,719

Deferred charges and other non‑current assets

216,523

228,455

          Total assets

$    4,259,928

$  4,541,746




LIABILITIES AND EQUITY



Current liabilities:



Current portion of long-term debt

$         50,000

$       30,000

     Accounts payable

210,010

333,980

     Contract advances and allowances

125,348

119,824

     Accrued compensation

114,958

121,901

     Accrued income taxes

-

6,433

     Other accrued liabilities

260,260

307,642

          Total current liabilities

760,576

919,780

Long‑term debt

1,047,118

1,272,002

Postretirement and postemployment benefits liabilities

104,665

111,392

Accrued pension liability

763,689

878,819

Other long‑term liabilities

126,083

123,002

          Total liabilities

$    2,802,131

$  3,304,995

Commitments and contingencies (Note 14)



Common stock—$.01 par value:



     Authorized—180,000,000 shares



     Issued and outstanding—32,742,750 shares at December 30, 2012 and 33,142,408 shares at March 31, 2012

328

332

Additional paid‑in‑capital

545,917

537,921

Retained earnings

2,419,213

2,241,711

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(857,414)

(910,598)

Common stock in treasury, at cost— 8,812,699 shares held at December 30, 2012 and 8,413,014 shares held at March 31, 2012

(660,479)

(642,571)

          Total Alliant Techsystems Inc. stockholders' equity

1,447,565

1,226,795

Noncontrolling interest

10,232

9,956

          Total equity

1,457,797

1,236,751

          Total liabilities and equity

$    4,259,928

$  4,541,746

 

ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(preliminary and unaudited)







NINE MONTHS ENDED


(In thousands)


December 30, 2012


January 1, 2012


Operating activities






Net income


$

199,341


$

201,561


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






Depreciation


73,578


69,165


Amortization of intangible assets


8,400


8,357


Amortization of debt discount


5,116


10,651


Amortization of deferred financing costs


2,948


3,753


Deferred income taxes


(17,655)


(7,945)


Loss on extinguishment of debt


11,773


-


Loss (gain) on disposal of property


638


(4,679)


Share-based plans expense


10,878


8,321


Excess tax benefits from share-based plans


(2)


(23)


Changes in assets and liabilities:






Net receivables


87,288


(112,251)


Net inventories


(44,757)


(91,197)


Accounts payable


(113,411)


(55,274)


Contract advances and allowances


5,525


(1,289)


Accrued compensation


(7,076)


(40,852)


Accrued income taxes


(22,976)


37,500


Pension and other postretirement benefits


(30,975)


25,780


Other assets and liabilities


(50,233)


73,162


Cash provided by operating activities


118,400


124,740


Investing activities






Capital expenditures


(61,351)


(97,916)


Proceeds from the disposition of property, plant, and equipment


19


7,329


Cash used for investing activities


(61,332)


(90,587)


Financing activities






Payments made on bank debt


(10,000)


(15,000)


Payments made to extinguish debt


(409,000)


(300,000)


Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt


200,000


-


Payments made for debt issue costs


(1,458)


-


Purchase of treasury shares


(24,997)


(49,991)


Dividends paid


(21,563)


(19,921)


Proceeds from employee stock compensation plans


3,056


3,943


        Excess tax benefits from share-based plans


2


23


Cash used for financing activities


(263,960)


(380,946)


Decrease in cash and cash equivalents


(206,892)


(346,793)


Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period


568,813


702,274


Cash and cash equivalents - end of period


$

361,921


$

355,481










Supplemental Cash Flow Disclosure:








      Noncash investing activity:

        Capital expenditures included in accounts payable          


$

4,418


$

2,102










Media Contact:

Investor Contact:



Amanda Covington

Steve Wold

Phone: 703-412-3231

Phone: 952-351-3056

E-mail: amanda.covington@atk.com

E-mail: steve.wold@atk.com

SOURCE ATK



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