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Wesco Aircraft Holdings Reports Fiscal 2016 Third Quarter Results

August 4, 2016

VALENCIA, Calif., Aug. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:WAIR), the world's leading provider of comprehensive supply chain management services to the global aerospace industry, today announced results for its fiscal 2016 third quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Fiscal 2016 Third Quarter Highlights

  • Net sales of $375.2 million, up 1.8 percent
  • Net sales excluding currency effects of $381.3 million, up 3.4 percent
  • Net income of $24.0 million, or $0.24 per diluted share
  • Adjusted net income of $28.5 million, or $0.29 per diluted share
  • Income from operations of $40.0 million, or 10.7 percent of net sales
  • Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $50.9 million, or 13.6 percent of net sales
  • Net cash provided by operating activities of $51.8 million; free cash flow of $47.8 million

Dave Castagnola, president and chief executive officer, said, “We continue to see steady improvement in our business. Fiscal 2016 third quarter sales were higher year-over-year, driven by increased customer production rates, scope expansion and new business on long-term contracts. The pace of new business wins has been increasing in fiscal 2016, as we continue to demonstrate and deliver on our value proposition with large commercial, military and MRO customers. These wins are expected to lead to continued sales growth in fiscal 2017 and 2018.

“The ongoing benefit of cost reduction actions resulted in a further decline in selling, general and administrative expenses in the fiscal 2016 third quarter, which led to an improved operating margin compared to the same period last year. Cash from operating activities and free cash flow in the fiscal 2016 third quarter increased sequentially compared to the first half of the year, primarily due to anticipated improvements in working capital. As a result, we paid down long-term debt by $46 million in the third quarter, which brought debt repayments to $76 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2016.”

Fiscal 2016 Third Quarter Results

Net sales in the fiscal 2016 third quarter were $375.2 million, compared with $368.7 million in the prior-year third quarter. Net sales excluding the impact of foreign currency movements increased 3.4 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, primarily due to a mid-single-digit increase in contract sales; ad-hoc sales were essentially flat compared to the same period last year.

Gross profit decreased 4.0 percent in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, compared with the same period last year, principally due to the impact of foreign currency movements, chemical commodity-based index changes and inventory adjustments.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses in the fiscal 2016 third quarter decreased 11.9 percent compared to the same period last year, primarily due to lower people-related costs, bad debt expense, professional fees and the impact of foreign currency movements. SG&A expense as a percentage of net sales was 15.8 percent in the third quarter, compared with 18.2 percent in the same period last year.

Income from operations totaled $40.0 million, or 10.7 percent of net sales, in the fiscal 2016 third quarter. This compares with $36.2 million, or 9.8 percent of net sales, in the same period last year. The increase in operating income and margin was primarily due to lower SG&A expenses, partially offset by the decline in gross profit.

Other income (expense), net is primarily comprised of unrealized foreign exchange gain or loss associated with contracts denominated in currencies other than the respective currency of the company’s reporting subsidiaries. In the fiscal 2016 third quarter, foreign exchange gains of $2.6 million were included in other income, net. Conversely, foreign exchange losses of $2.6 million were included in other expense, net in the fiscal 2015 third quarter. The largest impact in both periods was the change in the British pound.

The company's effective tax rate was 28.0 percent in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, compared with 32.6 percent in the year-ago quarter, primarily due to a favorable mix of taxable income across jurisdictions and discrete tax items.

Net income was $24.0 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the fiscal 2016 third quarter, compared with net income of $16.5 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in the same period last year. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $0.29, compared with $0.22 in the prior-year third quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA in the fiscal 2016 third quarter was $50.9 million, higher than $42.6 million in the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA was 13.6 percent of net sales, compared with 11.6 percent in the same period last year.

Fiscal 2016 Year-to-Date Results

Net sales in the nine months ended June 30, 2016 of $1.1 billion were 1.4 percent lower than the same period last year. Net sales excluding the impact of foreign currency movements increased 0.2 percent, and were 2.6 percent higher excluding both currency effects and the net impact of the previously disclosed large commercial contract that ended on March 31, 2015.

Income from operations was $118.5 million in the nine months ended June 30, 2016, or 10.7 percent of net sales, compared with $119.8 million, or 10.6 percent of net sales, in the same period last year. The net change reflects a reduction in SG&A expenses, partially offset by lower gross profit.

Net income in the first nine months of fiscal 2016 was $68.1 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, compared with $59.3 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, in the same period last year. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $0.82 in the first nine months of fiscal 2016, compared with $0.76 in the same period last year.

Adjusted EBITDA in the nine months ended June 30, 2016 was $147.2 million, or 13.2 percent of net sales, compared with $146.2 million, or 13.0 percent of net sales, in the same period last year.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $66.6 million in the nine months ended June 30, 2016, compared with $83.9 million in the same period last year. Free cash flow was $55.4 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2016, compared with $79.2 million in the same period last year. The free cash flow conversion ratio was 81 percent of net income in the nine months ended June 30, 2016, compared with 134 percent in the same period last year.

Fiscal 2016 Outlook

Wesco Aircraft remains committed to its fiscal 2016 financial goals. However, sales mix in the first nine months of the year and increased currency pressure create challenges to achieving these goals. The company is taking actions to address these challenges, primarily through incremental cost savings, as well as expected benefits from chemical commodity index and pricing changes.

Net sales are expected to grow at a low-single-digit pace; contract sales are expected to deliver greater growth in the business, partially offsetting the previously disclosed decline from the conclusion of a large commercial contract in fiscal 2015. Cost reductions of $25.0 million to $30.0 million are expected to be the primary driver of the company’s EBITDA margin improvement target of approximately 100 basis points. Finally, free cash flow is anticipated to exceed 100 percent of net income.

Conference Call Information

Wesco Aircraft will hold a conference call to discuss its fiscal 2016 third quarter results at 2:00 p.m. PDT (5:00 p.m. EDT) today, August 4, 2016. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 888-771-4371 (domestic) or 847-585-4405 (international) and entering passcode 43019629.

The conference call will be simultaneously broadcast on Wesco Aircraft’s Investor Relations website (http://ir.wescoair.com).

Following the live webcast, a replay will be available on the company’s website for one year. A telephonic replay also will be available approximately two hours after the conference call and may be accessed by dialing 888-843-7419 (domestic) or 630-652-3042 (international) and entering passcode 43019629. The telephonic replay will be available until August 11, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

 About Wesco Aircraft

Wesco Aircraft is the world’s leading distributor and provider of comprehensive supply chain management services to the global aerospace industry, based on annual sales. The company’s services range from traditional distribution to the management of supplier relationships, quality assurance, kitting, just-in-time delivery and point-of-use inventory management. The company believes it offers one of the world’s broadest portfolios of aerospace products, including chemical, electrical and C-class hardware and comprised of more than 575,000 active SKUs.

To learn more about Wesco Aircraft, visit our website at www.wescoair.com. Follow Wesco Aircraft on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/wesco-aircraft-corp.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before: (i) income tax provision, (ii) net interest expense, (iii) depreciation and amortization and (iv) unusual or non-recurring items.

Adjusted net income represents net income before: (i) amortization of intangible assets, (ii) amortization or write-off of deferred financing costs and original issue discount, (iii) unusual or non-recurring items and (iv) the tax effect of items (i) through (iii) above calculated using an estimated effective tax rate.

Adjusted basic earnings per share represent basic earnings per share calculated using adjusted net income as opposed to net income.

Adjusted diluted earnings per share represent diluted earnings per share calculated using adjusted net income as opposed to net income.

Net sales excluding currency effects represent net sales for the fiscal 2016 third quarter and year-to-date translated at the corresponding fiscal 2015 periodical average exchange rates.

Net sales excluding currency effects and large commercial contract represent net sales for the fiscal 2016 year-to-date period translated at the corresponding fiscal 2015 periodical average exchange rates, further adjusted to remove sales under a commercial hardware contract that ended on March 31, 2015 and sales in fiscal 2016 that were related to this contract.

Free cash flow represents net cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment.

Wesco Aircraft utilizes and discusses adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, adjusted basic earnings per share, adjusted diluted earnings per share, net sales excluding currency effects, net sales excluding currency effects and large commercial contract and free cash flow, which are non-GAAP measures management uses to evaluate the company’s business, because it believes these measures assist investors and analysts in comparing the company’s performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that management does not believe are indicative of core operating performance. Wesco Aircraft believes these metrics are used in the financial community, and the company presents these metrics to enhance understanding of its operating performance. Readers should not consider adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income as alternatives to net income, determined in accordance with GAAP, as an indicator of operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, adjusted basic earnings per share, adjusted diluted earnings per share, net sales excluding currency effects, net sales excluding currency effects and large commercial contract and free cash flow are not measurements of financial performance under GAAP, and these metrics may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. See Exhibits 4, 5 and 6 for reconciliations of adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, adjusted basic earnings per share, adjusted diluted earnings per share, net sales excluding currency effects, net sales excluding currency effects and large commercial contract and free cash flow to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements (including within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) concerning Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc. These statements may discuss goals, intentions and expectations as to future plans, trends, events, results of operations or financial condition, or otherwise, based on current beliefs of management, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. In some cases, readers can identify forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking terms such as “achieve,” “address,” "anticipate," "continue," “drive,” “expect,” “goal,” "grow," “improve,” “outlook,” “target,” “will” or similar words, phrases or expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside the company’s control. Therefore, the reader should not place undue reliance on such statements.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: general economic and industry conditions; conditions in the credit markets; changes in military spending; risks unique to suppliers of equipment and services to the U.S. government; risks associated with the company’s long-term, fixed-price agreements that have no guarantee of future sales volumes; risks associated with the loss of significant customers, a material reduction in purchase orders by significant customers, or the delay, scaling back or elimination of significant programs on which the company relies; the company’s ability to effectively compete in its industry; the company’s ability to effectively manage its inventory; the company’s ability to fully integrate the acquired business of Haas and realize anticipated benefits of the combined operations; risks relating to unanticipated costs of integration; the company’s suppliers’ ability to provide it with the products the company sells in a timely manner, in adequate quantities and/or at a reasonable cost; the company’s ability to maintain effective information technology systems; the company’s ability to retain key personnel; risks associated with the company’s international operations, including exposure to foreign currency movements; risks associated with assumptions the company makes in connection with its critical accounting estimates (including goodwill) and legal proceedings; the company’s dependence on third-party package delivery companies; fuel price risks; the company’s ability to establish and maintain effective internal control over financial reporting; fluctuations in the company’s financial results from period-to-period; environmental risks; risks related to the handling, transportation and storage of chemical products; risks related to the aerospace industry and the regulation thereof; risks related to the company’s indebtedness; and other risks and uncertainties.

The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. The reader should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties that affect the company’s business, including those described in Wesco Aircraft’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements included in this news release (including information included or incorporated by reference herein) are based upon information available to the company as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Exhibits:

Exhibit 1: Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)
Exhibit 2: Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
Exhibit 3: Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
Exhibit 4: Non-GAAP Financial Information (Unaudited)
Exhibit 5: Non-GAAP Financial Information – Net Sales Excluding Currency Effects and Large Commercial Contract (Unaudited)
Exhibit 6: Non-GAAP Financial Information – Free Cash Flow (Unaudited)


 
Exhibit 1
       
Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income (UNAUDITED)
(In thousands, except share data)
       
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  June 30, 2016   June 30, 2015   June 30, 2016   June 30, 2015
Net sales $ 375,186     $ 368,706     $ 1,111,771     $ 1,127,962  
Cost of sales 275,945     265,351     813,564     809,597  
Gross profit 99,241     103,355     298,207     318,365  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 59,197     67,178     179,708     198,580  
Income from operations 40,044     36,177     118,499     119,785  
Interest expense, net (9,325 )   (9,335 )   (27,436 )   (28,054 )
Other income (expense), net 2,657     (2,402 )   3,960     (1,363 )
Income before income taxes 33,376     24,440     95,023     90,368  
Provision for income taxes (9,360 )   (7,961 )   (26,906 )   (31,113 )
Net income $ 24,016     $ 16,479     $ 68,117     $ 59,255  
               
Net income per share:              
Basic $ 0.25     $ 0.17     $ 0.70     $ 0.61  
Diluted $ 0.24     $ 0.17     $ 0.69     $ 0.61  
Weighted average shares outstanding:              
Basic 97,929,438     97,004,276     97,511,590     96,924,545  
Diluted 98,599,215     97,964,138     98,108,904     97,818,380  
                       

In fiscal 2015, the company revised its presentation of certain personnel costs associated with service contracts to correctly reflect them as cost of sales rather than selling, general and administrative expenses. These personnel costs totaled $6.0 million and $17.8 million for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2015. The revision had no impact on income from operations, net income or EBITDA for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2015.

 
Exhibit 2
       
Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (UNAUDITED)
(In thousands)
       
  June 30,
 2016
  September 30, 2015
Assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 65,485     $ 82,866  
Accounts receivable, net 260,648     253,348  
Inventories 714,188     701,535  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 10,031     10,004  
Income taxes receivable 184     187  
Deferred tax assets, current 89,269     89,401  
Total current assets 1,139,805     1,137,341  
Long-term assets 860,115     883,632  
Total assets $ 1,999,920     $ 2,020,973  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
Accounts payable $ 169,726     $ 149,615  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 34,237     38,896  
Income taxes payable 10,058     21,442  
Capital lease obligations, current portion 1,151     1,044  
Total current liabilities 215,172     210,997  
Capital lease obligations, less current portion 1,567     1,824  
Long-term debt 876,906     952,906  
Deferred tax liabilities, non-current 33,734     30,693  
Other liabilities 9,651     6,980  
Total long-term liabilities 921,858     992,403  
Total liabilities 1,137,030     1,203,400  
Total stockholders’ equity 862,890     817,573  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 1,999,920     $ 2,020,973  
               


 
Exhibit 3
   
Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (UNAUDITED)
(In thousands)
   
  Nine Months Ended
  June 30, 2016   June 30, 2015
Cash flows from operating activities      
Net income $ 68,117     $ 59,255  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities      
Depreciation and amortization 20,843     19,815  
Deferred financing costs 3,144     3,262  
Bad debt and sales return reserve 41     3,559  
Inventory reserves 9,638     11,691  
Stock-based compensation expense 6,406     7,017  
Excess tax benefit related to stock-based incentive plans (796 )   (290 )
Deferred income taxes 4,240     7  
Income from equity investment (582 )   (424 )
Other non-cash items (3,792 )   (3,900 )
Changes in assets and liabilities      
Accounts receivable (10,466 )   18,694  
Inventories (34,891 )   (61,920 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets (352 )   (299 )
Income taxes receivable 5     12,716  
Accounts payable 21,466     8,338  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities (6,098 )   (383 )
Income taxes payable (10,330 )   6,715  
Net cash provided by operating activities 66,593     83,853  
Cash flows from investing activities      
Purchase of property and equipment (11,161 )   (4,650 )
Proceed from sales of assets 2,000      
Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired     (250 )
Net cash used in investing activities (9,161 )   (4,900 )
Cash flows from financing activities      
Repayment of long-term debt (76,000 )   (99,750 )
Financing fees (2,126 )    
Repayment of capital lease obligations (1,037 )   (1,216 )
Excess tax benefit related to stock-based incentive plans 796     290  
Net proceeds from issuance of common stock 6,126     785  
Net cash used in financing activities (72,241 )   (99,891 )
Effect of foreign currency exchange rate on cash and cash equivalents (2,572 )   (1,764 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (17,381 )   (22,702 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 82,866     104,775  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 65,485     $ 82,073  
               


       
Exhibit 4
       
Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc.
Non-GAAP Financial Information (UNAUDITED)
(In thousands, except share data)
       
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  June 30, 2016   June 30, 2015   June 30, 2016   June 30, 2015
EBITDA & Adjusted EBITDA              
Net income $ 24,016     $ 16,479     $ 68,117     $ 59,255  
Provision for income taxes 9,360     7,961     26,906     31,113  
Interest expense, net 9,325     9,335     27,436     28,054  
Depreciation and amortization 6,790     6,553     20,843     19,815  
EBITDA 49,491     40,328     143,302     138,237  
Unusual or non-recurring items (1)
1,377     2,266     3,944     7,924  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 50,868     $ 42,594     $ 147,246     $ 146,161  
               
Adjusted Net Income              
Net income $ 24,016     $ 16,479     $ 68,117     $ 59,255  
Amortization of intangible assets 3,945     3,987     11,864     11,987  
Amortization of deferred financing costs 1,391     1,104     3,144     3,262  
Unusual or non-recurring items (1) 1,377     2,266     3,944     7,924  
Adjustments for tax effect (2,259 )   (2,580 )   (6,382 )   (8,322 )
Adjusted Net Income $ 28,470     $ 21,256     $ 80,687     $ 74,106  
               
Adjusted Basic Earnings Per Share              
Weighted-average number of basic shares outstanding 97,929,438     97,004,276     97,511,590     96,924,545  
Adjusted Net Income Per Basic Share $ 0.29     $ 0.22     $ 0.83     $ 0.76  
               
Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share              
Weighted-average number of diluted shares outstanding 98,599,215     97,964,138     98,108,904     97,818,380  
Adjusted Net Income Per Diluted Share $ 0.29     $ 0.22     $ 0.82     $ 0.76  
                               

(1) Unusual and non-recurring items in the third quarter and year-to-date periods of fiscal 2016 consisted of integration and other related expenses of $157 and $1,211, respectively, as well as business realignment and other expenses of $1,220 and $2,733, respectively. Unusual and non-recurring items in the third quarter and year-to-date periods of fiscal 2015 consisted of integration and other related expenses of $1,936 and $6,498, respectively, as well as business realignment and other expenses of $330 and $1,426, respectively.

           
Exhibit 5
           
Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc.
Non-GAAP Financial Information - Net Sales excluding
Currency Effects and Large Commercial Contract (UNAUDITED)
(Dollars in thousands)
           
  Three Months Ended   Increase
(Decrease)
  Percent
Change
  June 30, 2016   June 30, 2015    
Net sales $ 375,186     $ 368,706     $ 6,480       1.8 %
Currency effects 6,110         6,110      
Net sales excluding currency effects $ 381,296     $ 368,706     $ 12,590       3.4 %
               
  Nine Months Ended   Increase
(Decrease)
  Percent
Change
  June 30, 2016   June 30, 2015    
Net sales $ 1,111,771     $ 1,127,962     $ (16,191 )     (1.4 )%
Currency effects 18,572         18,572      
Net sales excluding currency effects $ 1,130,343     $ 1,127,962     $ 2,381       0.2 %
Large commercial contract (1) (9,782 )   (36,172 )   26,390      
Net sales excluding currency effects and large commercial contract $ 1,120,561     $ 1,091,790     $ 28,771       2.6 %
               

(1) In the year-to-date period ended June 30, 2015, the company sold $36,172 of commercial hardware under a contract that ended on March 31, 2015, as previously disclosed. In the year-to-date period ended June 30, 2016, the company sold $9,782 of additional commercial hardware related to this contract.

           
Exhibit 6
           
Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc.
Non-GAAP Financial Information - Free Cash Flow (UNAUDITED)
(Dollars in thousands)
           
  Three Months Ended        
  June 30, 2016   June 30, 2015   Increase
(Decrease)
  Percent
Change
Free Cash Flow              
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 51,767     $ 34,381     $ 17,386       50.6 %
Purchase of property and equipment (3,928 )   (1,738 )   (2,190 )     126.0 %
Free cash flow $ 47,839     $ 32,643     $ 15,196       46.6 %
               
  Nine Months Ended        
  June 30, 2016   June 30, 2015   Increase
(Decrease)
  Percent
Change
Free Cash Flow              
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 66,593     $ 83,853     $ (17,260 )     (20.6 )%
Purchase of property and equipment (11,161 )   (4,650 )   (6,511 )     140.0 %
Free cash flow $ 55,432     $ 79,203     $ (23,771 )     (30.0 )%


Contact Information:
Jeff Misakian
Vice President, Investor Relations
661-362-6847
Jeff.Misakian@wescoair.com

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