CPI Aerostructures Announces First Quarter 2014 Results
May 8, 2014
CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE American: CVU) today announced financial results for 2014 first quarter ended March 31, 2014.
First Quarter 2014 vs. First Quarter 2013
Douglas J. McCrosson, CPI Aero’s President & CEO, stated, “As expected, the 9.8% increase in total revenue for 2014 first quarter, as compared to 2013 first quarter, was mainly due to a 30% increase in revenue from commercial subcontracts, to over $7.2 million. This was the result of higher production rates from our contracts with Cessna and Embraer, programs currently in production stage. Both revenue generated from military subcontracts and direct government contracts slightly increased to $14.2 million and $0.5 million, respectively.”
Mr. McCrosson added, “Our gross margin for 2014 first quarter was within our expected range for the year. Our selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses for 2014 first quarter, as compared to 2013 first quarter, decreased by approximately $40,000, while as a percent of revenue, SG&A substantially decreased to 8.4%, as compared to 9.4%, mainly due to steps we took to improve the efficiency of our administrative processes.”
Discussing backlog and contract awards, Mr. McCrosson added, “Our total backlog at March 31, 2014 was $410.3 million, as compared to $431.4 million at December 31, 2013. This decrease was attributable to a $6.9 million decrease in backlog on commercial programs and a $14.2 million decrease in backlog for military programs. At March 31, 2014, unfunded backlog was $314.1 million which is primarily comprised of the long-term contracts that we received from Boeing, Spirit and NGC during 2008, from Honda and Bell during 2011 and from Cessna, Sikorsky and Embraer during 2012. These are programs for which we expect to receive yearly funded orders.
“As of March 31, 2014, we received approximately $4.7 million of new contract awards, which included approximately $4.6 million of commercial subcontract awards and approximately $0.1 million of government subcontract awards, compared to a total of $11.5 million of new contract awards, of all types, in the same period last year. The decrease in new contract awards is predominately the result of the timing of new awards. We continue to project that there will be an increase in funded backlog, at year end 2014, as compared to year end 2013.”
Discussing expectations for 2014, Mr. McCrosson added, “As previously announced, we expect our top line for the year to be slightly higher than in 2013, mainly due to higher revenue generated from commercial programs, while military revenues are expected to be basically flat. Specifically, for 2014 we expect:
Discussing the outlook for 2015, Mr. McCrosson noted, “In 2015, we expect continued strength in production rates of our business jet programs, steady production on our more mature programs and new programs that combined are expected to produce the highest revenue in our history. Specifically, revenues are expected to be in the range of $90.5 million to $94.0 million. We project single digit growth in military revenue and double digit growth in commercial revenue in 2015 as compared to 2014. Our commercial programs are anticipated to continue to generate a higher percentage of total revenue, or approximately 40%. Gross profit margin is expected to be higher than 2014, at a range of 22.0% to 23.5% mainly driven by higher production rates and lower unit costs.”
Discussing market outlook, Mr. McCrosson added, “As is the case for many of our peers, our business has been affected by military budget cuts and projected defense spending in the 2015 and beyond timeframe. Regardless, the defense market has been, and will continue to be, an important part of our business, as it is an incredibly large market with great potential in certain segments. Over the last several years, we have been targeting several programs for the domestic and foreign military markets which we believe have done well in the past and will continue to do so in the future. We see growth in our near-term horizon for several defense security platforms for which we provide products and are well supported in the DOD’s budget plans.
“Commercial programs have been the catalyst of our growth for the last several years and our business plan calls for continued investments and efforts to capture new business from existing and new customers. Additionally, the next logical progression in our growth strategy is to capture business on large commercial aircraft. While this is not an easy path as it takes time to gain entry into this market, we are confident that our entry is a question of “when” and not “if.” We have submitted a number of proposals at the Tier 2 level for structure on the Airbus A380, the Airbus A350, and the Boeing 737 and our business development team is currently targeting opportunities on several commercial airliner programs at both the Tier 1 and Tier 2 levels, including the Boeing 787, Boeing 737 Max, the Airbus A320 Neo, and the next generation of Embraer E-jets.”
Mr. McCrosson added, “Over the years, we have expanded our manufacturing capabilities and we are currently providing our clients with more complex structural assemblies than ever before, but we recognize the need to continuously improve and expand our capabilities, which is vital to CPI Aero’s future. Also, our ability to win new business depends on the quality of our products, competitiveness of our pricing, financial resources available to us and the ability to solve customer problems in a timely manner. As a result, we have adjusted our business plan as follows:
Mr. McCrosson concluded, “Exceeding customer expectations has always been our driving force. Now more than ever, we believe that providing our customers with the highest quality of aerospace structural products while providing a low risk, collaborative and completely satisfying customer experience, will be the key to our continued success. We are confident that we have well positioned CPI Aero to successfully compete on a global scale with its peers and to continuously grow its market share.”
CPI Aero’s President and CEO, Douglas J. McCrosson, and CFO, Vincent Palazzolo, will host a conference call today, Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 10:00 am ET to discuss fourth quarter results as well as recent corporate developments. After opening remarks, there will be a question and answer period. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing (201) 493-6739. Please call in 10 minutes before the scheduled time and ask for the CPI Aero call. The conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet. To listen to the live call, please go to www.cpiaero.com and click on the “Investor Relations” section, then click on “Event Calendar”. Please access the website 15 minutes prior to the call to download and install any necessary audio software. The conference call will be archived and can be accessed for approximately 90 days. We suggest listeners use Microsoft Explorer as their browser.
About CPI Aero
CPI Aero is a U.S. manufacturer of structural assemblies for fixed wing aircraft, helicopters and airborne Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) pod systems in both the commercial aerospace and national security markets. Within the global aerostructure supply chain, CPI Aero is either a Tier 1 supplier to aircraft original equipment manufacturers or a Tier 2 subcontractor to major Tier 1 manufacturers. CPI also is a prime contractor to the U.S. Department of Defense, primarily the Air Force. In conjunction with its assembly operations, CPI Aero provides engineering, program management, supply chain management, and MRO services. Among the key national security programs that CPI Aero supplies are the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye surveillance aircraft, the UH-60 BLACK HAWK® helicopter, the F-16 Falcon fighter, the T-38C Talon trainer, the MH-53/CH-53 variant helicopters, the MH-60S mine countermeasure helicopter, the AH-1Z ZULU attack helicopter, the DB-110 reconnaissance pod, the ALMDS mine detecting pod, and the A-10 Thunderbolt attack jet. In the commercial aviation market CPI Aero manufactures products for the Gulfstream G650 ultra-large cabin business jet, the HondaJet advanced light jet, the Embraer Phenom 300 business jet, the new Cessna Citation X+, and the S-92® helicopter. CPI Aero is included in the Russell Microcap® Index.
The above statements include forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, which are described from time to time in CPI Aero’s SEC reports, including CPI Aero’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013.
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