FARMINGTON, Conn., March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- EDAC Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: EDAC), a diversified designer, manufacturer and servicer of precision components for aerospace and industrial applications, today reported that sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 reached a record $22.7 million, an increase of 27% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.
Net income for the 2011 fourth quarter increased to $1.2 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, a substantial increase from $56,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, reported for the fourth quarter of 2010.
For full year fiscal 2011, sales increased 19% to $86.6 million, while net income rose to $3.6 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, compared with net income of $845,000, or $0.17 per share, for fiscal 2010.
EDAC noted that each of its major product lines, EDAC AERO, APEX Machine Tool and EDAC Machinery, contributed to its strong fourth quarter and full year sales growth. The sharp increase in net income versus the 2010 periods primarily reflected improved cost absorption due to the increased sales level, higher production efficiency with the continued implementation of lean manufacturing practices, and more cost-effective manufacturing of certain parts.
The following are the main factors that contributed to EDAC's performance in the fourth quarter of 2011:
- Sales for the EDAC AERO product line were $15.2 million, an increase of 30% from the fourth quarter of 2010. This year-over-year growth primarily reflected expanding demand for stators, an increase in the number of components the Company provides to a diverse group of aircraft engine programs, and higher production quantities of certain parts that had experienced development and qualification delays in the second half of 2010.
- Sales for the APEX Machine Tool product line were $5.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, an increase of 29% from the 2010 fourth quarter. The year-over-year growth included increased shipments for a ground-based turbine retrofit program and the benefit of ongoing efforts to move towards the production of more complex parts for the power generation sector.
- Sales for the EDAC Machinery product line were $2.1 million, an increase of 3% from the 2010 fourth quarter. The year-over-year growth reflected increased sales of precision grinders, which more than offset lower sales of spindle products.
- The gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2011 increased to $4.1 million, or 17.9% of sales, compared with $1.8 million, or 10.1% of sales, in the fourth quarter of 2010. The substantial improvement in the gross margin primarily reflected better cost absorption due to the higher sales level, increased productivity and efficiency company-wide, and more cost-effective manufacturing of certain parts.
- SG&A expenses for the 2011 fourth quarter were $2.0 million, or 8.9% of sales, compared with $1.6 million or 8.8% of sales in the fourth quarter of 2010.
- Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2011 was a record $2.0 million, up more than seven-fold from the $242,000 reported in the 2010 fourth quarter.
For the twelve months of fiscal 2011, the gross profit increased 80% to $14.4 million compared with 2010, while gross profit as a percentage of sales for full year 2011 increased to 16.6% of sales from 10.9% of sales in 2010. Income from operations was a record $6.4 million for 2011, up 264% from $1.8 million for full year 2010.
Total sales backlog at December 31, 2011 was $252.1 million, compared with $213.5 million at the end of the 2011 third quarter and $138.3 million at year-end fiscal 2010. The higher backlog partially reflects several multi-year agreements announced in 2011 to produce components for commercial and military aircraft engine platforms as well as receipt of additional orders under existing programs.
Summary and Outlook
"Our strong fourth quarter capped a year of important progress for EDAC as measured by the substantial growth in our sales, operating profitability and backlog," commented Dominick A. Pagano, EDAC's President and Chief Executive Officer.
"To drive sales, we continued to leverage our core competency in designing and manufacturing complex precision parts in each of our product lines, while also expanding the number of parts we produce for a full range of aircraft engine programs, including all emerging programs. The improving economy along with the growing order books of airplane manufacturers added favorable tailwinds over the past year.
"To increase profitability, we remained focused on improving production processes and efficiency across all product lines, while continuing to migrate to lean manufacturing. We recently added a vice president of lean manufacturing to accelerate that process.
"Investing in our operations, including the addition of state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, has been a major factor in both our sales growth and improving profitability. It also has strengthened our ability to continue to win long-term agreements with top-tier customers. In 2011, we won a total of $92 million of new LTAs, which contributed to our record backlog of $252 million at year end, nearly double the level at year-end 2010. To support both this higher level of business activity and future opportunities, we recently announced our purchase of a new facility to consolidate several of our manufacturing operations and relieve current capacity constraints as well as give us a larger, more flexible and more cost-efficient platform for growth."
Mr. Pagano concluded: "We are focused on continuing to execute our growth plan in fiscal 2012. Delivery of engine components under some of our newer long-term agreements will begin to ramp up at the end of the second quarter and then increasingly through the year. As a result, while we expect first quarter 2012 sales and profitability to show improvement over the first quarter of 2011, sequential sales growth is expected to be moderate and consistent with normal customer demand trends in the quarter. For full year 2012, we are targeting sales growth to meet or exceed the aerospace industry's projected growth of 7% and we remain fully focused on further strengthening the profitability of our operations."
Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will host a conference call to review the above results at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) today, March 7, 2012. The call will be broadcast simultaneously over the Internet. Listeners can access a webcast of the conference call live over the Internet at www.edactechnologies.com. Please allow 10 minutes prior to the call to visit the site to download and install any necessary audio software. After the call has taken place, its archived version will be available at this web site.
About EDAC Technologies Corporation
EDAC Technologies Corporation is a diversified manufacturing company serving the aerospace and industrial markets. In the aerospace sector, EDAC offers design and manufacturing services for commercial and military aircraft, in such areas as jet engine parts, special tooling, equipment, gauges and components used in the manufacture, assembly and inspection of jet engines. Industrial applications include high-precision fixtures, gauges, dies and molds, as well as the design, manufacture and repair of precision grinders and precision spindles, which are an integral part of machine tools found in virtually every manufacturing environment. EDAC's core competencies include extensive in-house design and engineering capabilities, and facilities equipped with the latest enabling machine tools and manufacturing technologies.
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