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Ducommun Incorporated

PRESS RELEASE: 2021-11-02

Ducommun Incorporated Reports Results for the Third Quarter Ended October 2, 2021

Commercial Aerospace Business Returns to Growth; Backlog* Increases 
to Highest Level Since Start of Pandemic

SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ducommun Incorporated (NYSE:DCO) (“Ducommun” or the “Company”) today reported results for its third quarter ended October 2, 2021.

Third Quarter 2021 Recap

  • Revenue was $163.2 million
  • Net income of $9.6 million, or $0.78 per diluted share
  • Adjusted net income of $10.1 million, or $0.83 per diluted share
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $23.9 million, or 14.6% of revenue
  • Backlog of $836 million

“Our performance this quarter came in essentially as expected, with another solid performance in Ducommun's defense business along with steadily increasing commercial aerospace demand driving top line growth both sequentially and year-over-year,” said Stephen G. Oswald, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Revenue rose to $163.2 million, up 9% over 2020, as large commercial aircraft platform sales climbed more than 50% due to increased build rates from Boeing and Airbus. At the same time, the Company's backlog increased to $836 million, the highest level since the COVID-19 pandemic began in Q1 2020, reflecting improving commercial order trends and solid demand across the board.

“I was also pleased by the strong bottom line results, including adjusted EBITDA of $23.9 million and $0.83 per diluted share for the quarter. We remain vigilant in driving earnings and assessing the business for additional ways to increase asset utilization and streamline operations. One area of particular interest is Ducommun's review of our legacy Southern California industrial real estate properties, specifically with regards to utilizing sale-leaseback transactions in this extremely strong real estate market. In addition, the operating team continues to provide a high level of service to our customers and has effectively managed the Company's supply chain and human resources as we move forward to finish the year on a very positive note.”

Third Quarter Results

Net revenue for the third quarter of 2021 was $163.2 million compared to $150.4 million for the third quarter of 2020. The year-over-year increase of 8.5% was primarily due to the following:

  • $10.4 million higher revenue in the Company’s commercial aerospace end-use markets due to higher build rates on large aircraft platforms and regional and business aircraft platforms; and
  • $2.6 million higher revenue in the Company’s military and space end-use markets due to higher build rates on military fixed-wing aircraft platforms, partially offset by lower build rates on other military and space platforms.

Net income for the third quarter of 2021 was $9.6 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, compared to $6.5 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2020. This reflects a $1.9 million increase in gross profit due to higher revenue and lower restructuring charges of $1.1 million.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2021 was $35.3 million, or 21.6% of revenue, compared to gross profit of $33.5 million, or 22.3% of revenue, for the third quarter of 2020. The decrease in gross profit as a percentage of net revenue year-over-year was primarily due to unfavorable product mix.

Operating income for the third quarter of 2021 was $13.4 million, or 8.2% of revenue, compared to $10.3 million, or 6.8% of revenue, in the comparable period last year. The year-over-year increase of $3.1 million was primarily due to higher revenue and lower restructuring charges. Adjusted operating income for the third quarter of 2021 was $14.1 million, or 8.6% of revenue, compared to $12.4 million, or 8.2% of revenue, in the comparable period last year.

Interest expense for the third quarter of 2021 was $2.8 million compared to $3.1 million in the comparable period of 2020. The year-over-year decrease was due to lower interest rates and a lower outstanding debt balance.

Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2021 was $23.9 million, or 14.6% of revenue, compared to $21.6 million, or 14.4% of revenue, for the comparable period in 2020.

During the third quarter of 2021, the net cash provided by operations was $5.5 million compared to $4.9 million during the third quarter of 2020. The higher cash provided by operations year-over-year was primarily due to higher net income and higher contract liabilities, partially offset by higher contract assets and higher accounts receivable.

* The Company defines backlog as potential revenue and is based on customer placed purchase orders and long-term agreements (“LTAs”) with firm fixed price and expected delivery dates of 24 months or less. Backlog as of October 2, 2021 was $835.5 million compared to $807.7 million as of December 31, 2020. Under ASC 606, the Company defines performance obligations as customer placed purchase orders with firm fixed price and firm delivery dates. The remaining performance obligations disclosed under ASC 606 as of October 2, 2021 were $736.0 million compared to $779.7 million as of December 31, 2020.

Business Segment Information

Electronic Systems

Electronic Systems segment net revenue for the quarter ended October 2, 2021 was $104.7 million, compared to $103.5 million for the third quarter of 2020. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to the following:

  • $1.2 million higher revenue within the Company’s military and space end-use markets due to higher build rates on military fixed-wing aircraft platforms, partially offset by lower build rates on other military and space platforms; and
  • $0.2 million higher revenues in the Company’s commercial aerospace end-use markets.

Electronic Systems segment operating income for the quarter ended October 2, 2021 was $15.3 million, or 14.6% of revenue, compared to $14.9 million, or 14.4% of revenue, for the comparable quarter in 2020. The year-over-year increase of $0.5 million was primarily due favorable product mix, partially offset by unfavorable manufacturing volume.

Structural Systems

Structural Systems segment net revenue for the quarter ended October 2, 2021 was $58.5 million, compared to $46.9 million for the third quarter of 2020. The year-over-year increase was due to the following:

  • $10.2 million higher revenue within the Company’s commercial aerospace end-use markets due to higher build rates on large aircraft platforms and regional and business aircraft platforms; and
  • $1.4 million higher revenue within the Company’s military and space end-use markets due to higher build rates on other military and space platforms, partially offset by lower build rates on military rotary-wing aircraft platforms.

Structural Systems segment operating income for the quarter ended October 2, 2021 was $4.5 million, or 7.6% of revenue, compared to $1.8 million, or 3.8% of revenue, for the comparable quarter in 2020. The year-over-year increase of $2.7 million was primarily due to favorable manufacturing volume, partially offset by unfavorable product mix.

Corporate General and Administrative (“CG&A”) Expenses

CG&A expenses for the third quarter of 2021 were $6.4 million, or 3.9% of total Company revenue, compared to $6.4 million, or 4.2% of total Company revenue, for the comparable quarter in the prior year. CG&A expenses were essentially flat.

Conference Call

A teleconference hosted by Stephen G. Oswald, the Company’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, and Christopher D. Wampler, the Company’s vice president, chief financial officer, controller and treasurer will be held today, November 2, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) to review these financial results. To participate in the teleconference, please call 844-239-5278 (international 574-990-1017) approximately 10 minutes prior to the conference time. The participant passcode is 4758447. Mr. Oswald and Mr. Wampler will be speaking on behalf of the Company and anticipate the call (including Q&A) to last approximately 45 minutes. This call is also being webcast and can be accessed at the Ducommun website at Ducommun.com.

About Ducommun Incorporated

Ducommun Incorporated delivers value-added innovative manufacturing solutions to customers in the aerospace, defense and industrial markets. Founded in 1849, the Company specializes in two core areas - Electronic Systems and Structural Systems - to produce complex products and components for commercial aircraft platforms, mission-critical military and space programs, and sophisticated industrial applications. For more information, visit Ducommun.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release and any attachments include “forward-looking statements,” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including, in particular, any statements about the Company’s growth or rate of growth and outlook for the remainder of 2021 and 2022, the Company's ability to increase the utilization of its assets through the use of sale-leaseback transactions, and the recovery of the aerospace industry and air travel in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Company generally uses the words “may,” “will,” “could,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “plan,” “intend,” “continue” and similar expressions in this press release and any attachments to identify forward-looking statements. The Company bases these forward-looking statements on its current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including, among other things: whether the anticipated pre-tax restructuring charges will be sufficient to address all anticipated restructuring costs, including related to employee separation, facilities consolidation, inventory write-down and other asset impairments; whether the expected cost savings from the restructuring will ultimately be obtained in the amount and during the period anticipated; whether the restructuring in the affected areas will be sufficient to build a more cost efficient, focused, higher margin enterprise with higher returns for the Company's shareholders; the strength of the real estate market, the duration of any lease entered into as part of any sale-leaseback transaction, the amount of commissions owed to brokers, and applicable tax rates; the impact of the Company’s debt service obligations and restrictive debt covenants; the Company’s end-use markets are cyclical; the Company depends upon a selected base of industries and customers; a significant portion of the Company’s business depends upon U.S. Government defense spending; the Company is subject to extensive regulation and audit by the Defense Contract Audit Agency; contracts with some of the Company’s customers contain provisions which give the its customers a variety of rights that are unfavorable to the Company; further consolidation in the aerospace industry could adversely affect the Company’s business and financial results; the Company’s ability to successfully make acquisitions, including its ability to successfully integrate, operate or realize the projected benefits of such businesses; the Company relies on its suppliers to meet the quality and delivery expectations of its customers; the Company uses estimates when bidding on fixed-price contracts which estimates could change and result in adverse effects on its financial results; the impact of existing and future laws and regulations; the impact of existing and future accounting standards and tax rules and regulations; environmental liabilities could adversely affect the Company’s financial results; cyber security attacks, internal system or service failures may adversely impact the Company’s business and operations; the ultimate geographic spread, duration and severity of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and the effectiveness of actions taken, or actions that may be taken, by governmental authorities to contain the outbreak or treat its impact, and other risks and uncertainties, including those detailed from time to time in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not put undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. You should understand that many important factors, including those discussed herein, could cause the Company’s results to differ materially from those expressed or suggested in any forward-looking statement. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements to reflect new information or events or circumstances that occur after the date of this news release, November 2, 2021, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or otherwise. Readers are advised to review the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (which are available from the SEC’s EDGAR database at www.sec.gov).

Note Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information

This release contains non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA (which excludes interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation expense, restructuring charges, and Guaymas fire related expenses), non-GAAP operating income and as a percentage of net revenues, non-GAAP earnings, and non-GAAP earnings per share. In addition, certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to current year’s presentation.

The Company believes the presentation of these non-GAAP measures provide important supplemental information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations. The Company’s management uses these non-GAAP financial measures along with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in evaluating the Company’s actual and forecasted operating performance, capital resources and cash flow. The non-GAAP financial information presented herein should be considered supplemental to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. The Company discloses different non-GAAP financial measures in order to provide greater transparency and to help the Company’s investors to more meaningfully evaluate and compare Ducommun’s results to its previously reported results. The non-GAAP financial measures that the Company uses may not be comparable to similarly titled financial measures used by other companies. We define backlog as potential revenue and is based on customer placed purchase orders and long-term agreements (“LTAs”) with firm fixed price and expected delivery dates of 24 months or less. The majority of the LTAs do not meet the definition of a contract under ASC 606 and thus, the backlog amount disclosed herein is greater than the remaining performance obligations disclosed under ASC 606. Backlog is subject to delivery delays or program cancellations, which are beyond our control. Backlog is affected by timing differences in the placement of customer orders and tends to be concentrated in several programs to a greater extent than our net revenues. Backlog in industrial markets tends to be of a shorter duration and is generally fulfilled within a three month period. As a result of these factors, trends in our overall level of backlog may not be indicative of trends in our future net revenues.

CONTACTS:

Christopher D. Wampler, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Controller and Treasurer, 657.335.3665
Chris Witty, Investor Relations, 646.438.9385, cwitty@darrowir.com 

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DUCOMMUN INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)

    October 2,
2021
  December 31,
2020
Assets        
Current Assets        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 8,973     $ 56,466  
Accounts receivable, net   69,805     58,025  
Contract assets   182,759     154,028  
Inventories   144,179     129,223  
Production cost of contracts   7,630     6,971  
Other current assets   7,595     5,571  
Total Current Assets   420,941     410,284  
Property and equipment, Net   108,973     109,990  
Operating lease right-of-use assets   17,052     16,348  
Goodwill   170,830     170,830  
Intangibles, net   114,984     124,744  
Deferred income taxes   33     33  
Other assets   4,970     5,118  
Total Assets   $ 837,783     $ 837,347  
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity        
Current Liabilities        
Accounts payable   $ 65,275     $ 63,980  
Contract liabilities   23,274     28,264  
Accrued and other liabilities   35,294     40,526  
Operating lease liabilities   3,365     3,132  
Current portion of long-term debt   7,000     7,000  
Total Current Liabilities   134,208     142,902  
Long-term debt, less current portion   291,038     311,922  
Non-current operating lease liabilities   14,801     14,555  
Deferred income taxes   18,395     16,992  
Other long-term liabilities   20,393     21,642  
Total Liabilities   478,835     508,013  
Commitments and contingencies        
Shareholders’ Equity        
Common stock   119     117  
Additional paid-in capital   101,265     97,090  
Retained earnings   266,429     241,727  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (8,865 )   (9,600 )
Total Shareholders’ Equity   358,948     329,334  
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity   $ 837,783     $ 837,347  

DUCOMMUN INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    October 2,
2021
  September 26,
2020
  October 2,
2021
  September 26,
2020
Net Revenues   $ 163,227       $ 150,371       $ 480,570       $ 471,155    
Cost of Sales   127,912       116,906       375,373       368,218    
Gross Profit   35,315       33,465       105,197       102,937    
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses   21,952       22,093       68,132       67,253    
Restructuring Charges         1,107             1,768    
Operating Income   13,363       10,265       37,065       33,916    
Interest Expense   (2,770 )     (3,101 )     (8,433 )     (11,068 )  
Other Income   196       99       196       99    
Income Before Taxes   10,789       7,263       28,828       22,947    
Income Tax Expense   1,205       762       4,126       3,426    
Net Income   $ 9,584       $ 6,501       $ 24,702       $ 19,521    
Earnings Per Share                
Basic earnings per share   $ 0.80       $ 0.56       $ 2.08       $ 1.67    
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.78       $ 0.54       $ 2.02       $ 1.64    
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding                
Basic   11,920       11,703       11,862       11,660    
Diluted   12,242       11,959       12,248       11,886    
                 
Gross Profit %   21.6   %   22.3   %   21.9   %   21.8   %
SG&A %   13.4   %   14.7   %   14.2   %   14.3   %
Operating Income %   8.2   %   6.8   %   7.7   %   7.2   %
Net Income %   5.9   %   4.3   %   5.1   %   4.1   %
Effective Tax Rate   11.2   %   10.5   %   14.3   %   14.9   %

DUCOMMUN INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
BUSINESS SEGMENT PERFORMANCE
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)

    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    %
Change
  October 2,
2021
  September
26,
2020
  %
of Net  Revenues
2021
  %
of Net  Revenues
2020
  %
Change
  October 2,
2021
  September
26,
2020
  %
of Net  Revenues
2021
  %
of Net  Revenues
2020
Net Revenues                                        
Electronic Systems   1.2 %   $ 104,721     $ 103,470     64.2   %   68.8   %   4.5   %   $ 306,622     $ 293,540     63.8   %   62.3   %
Structural Systems   24.7 %   58,506     46,901     35.8   %   31.2   %   (2.1 ) %   173,948     177,615     36.2   %   37.7   %
Total Net Revenues   8.5 %   $ 163,227     $ 150,371     100.0   %   100.0   %   2.0   %   $ 480,570     $ 471,155     100.0   %   100.0   %
Segment Operating Income                                        
Electronic Systems       $ 15,319     $ 14,867     14.6   %   14.4   %       $ 42,185     $ 40,427     13.8   %   13.8   %
Structural Systems       4,457     1,769     7.6   %   3.8   %       15,177     13,373     8.7   %   7.5   %
        19,776     16,636                 57,362     53,800          
Corporate General and Administrative Expenses(1)       (6,413 )   (6,371 )   (3.9 ) %   (4.2 ) %       (20,297 )   (19,884 )   (4.2 ) %   (4.2 ) %
Total Operating Income       $ 13,363     $ 10,265     8.2   %   6.8   %       $ 37,065     $ 33,916     7.7   %   7.2   %
Adjusted EBITDA                                        
Electronic Systems                                        
Operating Income       $ 15,319     $ 14,867                 $ 42,185     $ 40,427          
Other Income       196                     196              
Depreciation and Amortization       3,547     3,492                 10,396     10,591          
Restructuring Charges           304                     332          
        19,062     18,663     18.2   %   18.0   %       52,777     51,350     17.2   %   17.5   %
Structural Systems                                        
Operating Income       4,457     1,769                 15,177     13,373          
Depreciation and Amortization       3,599     3,528                 10,540     10,956          
Restructuring Charges           803                     1,436          
Guaymas fire related expenses       704     1,022                 1,871     1,022          
        8,760     7,122     15.0   %   15.2   %       27,588     26,787     15.9   %   15.1   %
Corporate General and Administrative Expenses(1)                                        
Operating loss       (6,413 )   (6,371 )               (20,297 )   (19,884 )        
Other Income           99                     99          
Depreciation and Amortization       58     58                 176     194          
Stock-Based Compensation Expense       2,407     2,076                 8,149     6,605          
        (3,948 )   (4,138 )               (11,972 )   (12,986 )        
Adjusted EBITDA       $ 23,874     $ 21,647     14.6   %   14.4   %       $ 68,393     $ 65,151     14.2   %   13.8   %
Capital Expenditures                                        
Electronic Systems       $ 1,964     $ 586                 $ 3,865     $ 3,518          
Structural Systems       1,598     1,796                 6,154     4,400          
Corporate Administration                                        
Total Capital Expenditures       $ 3,562     $ 2,382                 $ 10,019     $ 7,918          
                                                         

(1)   Includes costs not allocated to either the Electronic Systems or Structural Systems operating segments.

DUCOMMUN INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
GAAP TO NON-GAAP OPERATING INCOME RECONCILIATION
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)

    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
GAAP To Non-GAAP Operating Income   October 2,
2021
  September
26, 2020
  %
of Net  Revenues
2021
  %
of Net  Revenues
2020
  October 2,
2021
  September
26, 2020
  %
of Net  Revenues
2021
  %
of Net  Revenues
2020
GAAP Operating income   $ 13,363     $ 10,265             $ 37,065     $ 33,916          
                                 
GAAP Operating income - Electronic Systems   $ 15,319     $ 14,867             $ 42,185     $ 40,427          
Adjustment:                                
Restructuring charges       304                 332          
Adjusted operating income - Electronic Systems   15,319     15,171     14.6 %   14.7 %   42,185     40,759     13.8 %   13.9 %
                                 
GAAP Operating income - Structural Systems   4,457     1,769             15,177     13,373          
Adjustment:                                
Restructuring charges       803                 1,436          
Guaymas fire related expenses   704     1,022             1,871     1,022          
Adjusted operating income - Structural Systems   5,161     3,594     8.8 %   7.7 %   17,048     15,831     9.8 %   8.9 %
                                 
GAAP Operating loss - Corporate   (6,413 )   (6,371 )           (20,297 )   (19,884 )        
Adjusted operating loss - Corporate   (6,413 )   (6,371 )           (20,297 )   (19,884 )        
Total adjustments   704     2,129             1,871     2,790          
Adjusted operating income   $ 14,067     $ 12,394     8.6 %   8.2 %   $ 38,936     $ 36,706     8.1 %   7.8 %
                                                         

DUCOMMUN INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
GAAP TO NON-GAAP EARNINGS AND EARNINGS PER SHARE RECONCILIATION
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
GAAP To Non-GAAP Earnings   October 2,
2021
  September 26,
2020
  October 2,
2021
  September 26,
2020
GAAP Net income   $ 9,584     $ 6,501     $ 24,702     $ 19,521  
Adjustments:                
Restructuring charges (1)       930         1,485  
Guaymas fire related expenses (2)   563     858     1,497     858  
Total adjustments   563     1,788     1,497     2,343  
Adjusted net income   $ 10,147     $ 8,289     $ 26,199     $ 21,864  
                                 


    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
GAAP Earnings Per Share To Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share   October 2,
2021
  September 26,
2020
  October 2,
2021
  September 26,
2020
GAAP Diluted earnings per share (“EPS”)   $ 0.78     $ 0.54     $ 2.02     $ 1.64  
Adjustments:                
Restructuring charges (1)       0.08         0.12  
Guaymas fire related expenses (2)   0.05     0.07     0.12     0.07  
Total adjustments   0.05     0.15     0.12     0.19  
Adjusted diluted EPS   $ 0.83     $ 0.69     $ 2.14     $ 1.83  
                 
Shares used for adjusted diluted EPS   12,242   11,959     12,248     11,886  

(1) Includes effective tax rate of 16.0% for 2020 adjustments.

(2) Includes effective tax rate of 20.0% for 2021 adjustments.

DUCOMMUN INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
NON-GAAP BACKLOG* BY REPORTING SEGMENT
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)

    October 2,
2021
  December 31,
2020
Consolidated Ducommun        
Military and space   $ 497,525     $ 515,396  
Commercial aerospace   286,431     268,326  
Industrial   51,583     24,019  
Total   $ 835,539     $ 807,741  
Electronic Systems        
Military and space   $ 401,399     $ 389,877  
Commercial aerospace   50,559     56,719  
Industrial   51,583     24,019  
Total   $ 503,541     $ 470,615  
Structural Systems        
Military and space   $ 96,126     $ 125,519  
Commercial aerospace   235,872     211,607  
Total   $ 331,998     $ 337,126  
                 

* The Company defines backlog as potential revenue and is based on customer placed purchase orders and long-term agreements (“LTAs”) with firm fixed price and expected delivery dates of 24 months or less. Backlog as of October 2, 2021 was $835.5 million compared to $807.7 million as of December 31, 2020. Under ASC 606, the Company defines performance obligations as customer placed purchase orders with firm fixed price and firm delivery dates. The remaining performance obligations disclosed under ASC 606 as of October 2, 2021 were $736.0 million compared to $779.7 million as of December 31, 2020.


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Commercial Aerospace Business Returns to Growth; Backlog* Increases 
to Highest Level Since Start of Pandemic

SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ducommun Incorporated (NYSE:DCO) (“Ducommun” or the “Company”) today reported results for its third quarter ended October 2, 2021.

Third Quarter 2021 Recap

  • Revenue was $163.2 million
  • Net income of $9.6 million, or $0.78 per diluted share
  • Adjusted net income of $10.1 million, or $0.83 per diluted share
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $23.9 million, or 14.6% of revenue
  • Backlog of $836 million

“Our performance this quarter came in essentially as expected, with another solid performance in Ducommun's defense business along with steadily increasing commercial aerospace demand driving top line growth both sequentially and year-over-year,” said Stephen G. Oswald, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Revenue rose to $163.2 million, up 9% over 2020, as large commercial aircraft platform sales climbed more than 50% due to increased build rates from Boeing and Airbus. At the same time, the Company's backlog increased to $836 million, the highest level since the COVID-19 pandemic began in Q1 2020, reflecting improving commercial order trends and solid demand across the board.

“I was also pleased by the strong bottom line results, including adjusted EBITDA of $23.9 million and $0.83 per diluted share for the quarter. We remain vigilant in driving earnings and assessing the business for additional ways to increase asset utilization and streamline operations. One area of particular interest is Ducommun's review of our legacy Southern California industrial real estate properties, specifically with regards to utilizing sale-leaseback transactions in this extremely strong real estate market. In addition, the operating team continues to provide a high level of service to our customers and has effectively managed the Company's supply chain and human resources as we move forward to finish the year on a very positive note.”

Third Quarter Results

Net revenue for the third quarter of 2021 was $163.2 million compared to $150.4 million for the third quarter of 2020. The year-over-year increase of 8.5% was primarily due to the following:

  • $10.4 million higher revenue in the Company’s commercial aerospace end-use markets due to higher build rates on large aircraft platforms and regional and business aircraft platforms; and
  • $2.6 million higher revenue in the Company’s military and space end-use markets due to higher build rates on military fixed-wing aircraft platforms, partially offset by lower build rates on other military and space platforms.

Net income for the third quarter of 2021 was $9.6 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, compared to $6.5 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2020. This reflects a $1.9 million increase in gross profit due to higher revenue and lower restructuring charges of $1.1 million.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2021 was $35.3 million, or 21.6% of revenue, compared to gross profit of $33.5 million, or 22.3% of revenue, for the third quarter of 2020. The decrease in gross profit as a percentage of net revenue year-over-year was primarily due to unfavorable product mix.

Operating income for the third quarter of 2021 was $13.4 million, or 8.2% of revenue, compared to $10.3 million, or 6.8% of revenue, in the comparable period last year. The year-over-year increase of $3.1 million was primarily due to higher revenue and lower restructuring charges. Adjusted operating income for the third quarter of 2021 was $14.1 million, or 8.6% of revenue, compared to $12.4 million, or 8.2% of revenue, in the comparable period last year.

Interest expense for the third quarter of 2021 was $2.8 million compared to $3.1 million in the comparable period of 2020. The year-over-year decrease was due to lower interest rates and a lower outstanding debt balance.

Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2021 was $23.9 million, or 14.6% of revenue, compared to $21.6 million, or 14.4% of revenue, for the comparable period in 2020.

During the third quarter of 2021, the net cash provided by operations was $5.5 million compared to $4.9 million during the third quarter of 2020. The higher cash provided by operations year-over-year was primarily due to higher net income and higher contract liabilities, partially offset by higher contract assets and higher accounts receivable.

* The Company defines backlog as potential revenue and is based on customer placed purchase orders and long-term agreements (“LTAs”) with firm fixed price and expected delivery dates of 24 months or less. Backlog as of October 2, 2021 was $835.5 million compared to $807.7 million as of December 31, 2020. Under ASC 606, the Company defines performance obligations as customer placed purchase orders with firm fixed price and firm delivery dates. The remaining performance obligations disclosed under ASC 606 as of October 2, 2021 were $736.0 million compared to $779.7 million as of December 31, 2020.

Business Segment Information

Electronic Systems

Electronic Systems segment net revenue for the quarter ended October 2, 2021 was $104.7 million, compared to $103.5 million for the third quarter of 2020. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to the following:

  • $1.2 million higher revenue within the Company’s military and space end-use markets due to higher build rates on military fixed-wing aircraft platforms, partially offset by lower build rates on other military and space platforms; and
  • $0.2 million higher revenues in the Company’s commercial aerospace end-use markets.

Electronic Systems segment operating income for the quarter ended October 2, 2021 was $15.3 million, or 14.6% of revenue, compared to $14.9 million, or 14.4% of revenue, for the comparable quarter in 2020. The year-over-year increase of $0.5 million was primarily due favorable product mix, partially offset by unfavorable manufacturing volume.

Structural Systems

Structural Systems segment net revenue for the quarter ended October 2, 2021 was $58.5 million, compared to $46.9 million for the third quarter of 2020. The year-over-year increase was due to the following:

  • $10.2 million higher revenue within the Company’s commercial aerospace end-use markets due to higher build rates on large aircraft platforms and regional and business aircraft platforms; and
  • $1.4 million higher revenue within the Company’s military and space end-use markets due to higher build rates on other military and space platforms, partially offset by lower build rates on military rotary-wing aircraft platforms.

Structural Systems segment operating income for the quarter ended October 2, 2021 was $4.5 million, or 7.6% of revenue, compared to $1.8 million, or 3.8% of revenue, for the comparable quarter in 2020. The year-over-year increase of $2.7 million was primarily due to favorable manufacturing volume, partially offset by unfavorable product mix.

Corporate General and Administrative (“CG&A”) Expenses

CG&A expenses for the third quarter of 2021 were $6.4 million, or 3.9% of total Company revenue, compared to $6.4 million, or 4.2% of total Company revenue, for the comparable quarter in the prior year. CG&A expenses were essentially flat.

Conference Call

A teleconference hosted by Stephen G. Oswald, the Company’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, and Christopher D. Wampler, the Company’s vice president, chief financial officer, controller and treasurer will be held today, November 2, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) to review these financial results. To participate in the teleconference, please call 844-239-5278 (international 574-990-1017) approximately 10 minutes prior to the conference time. The participant passcode is 4758447. Mr. Oswald and Mr. Wampler will be speaking on behalf of the Company and anticipate the call (including Q&A) to last approximately 45 minutes. This call is also being webcast and can be accessed at the Ducommun website at Ducommun.com.

About Ducommun Incorporated

Ducommun Incorporated delivers value-added innovative manufacturing solutions to customers in the aerospace, defense and industrial markets. Founded in 1849, the Company specializes in two core areas - Electronic Systems and Structural Systems - to produce complex products and components for commercial aircraft platforms, mission-critical military and space programs, and sophisticated industrial applications. For more information, visit Ducommun.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release and any attachments include “forward-looking statements,” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including, in particular, any statements about the Company’s growth or rate of growth and outlook for the remainder of 2021 and 2022, the Company's ability to increase the utilization of its assets through the use of sale-leaseback transactions, and the recovery of the aerospace industry and air travel in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Company generally uses the words “may,” “will,” “could,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “plan,” “intend,” “continue” and similar expressions in this press release and any attachments to identify forward-looking statements. The Company bases these forward-looking statements on its current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including, among other things: whether the anticipated pre-tax restructuring charges will be sufficient to address all anticipated restructuring costs, including related to employee separation, facilities consolidation, inventory write-down and other asset impairments; whether the expected cost savings from the restructuring will ultimately be obtained in the amount and during the period anticipated; whether the restructuring in the affected areas will be sufficient to build a more cost efficient, focused, higher margin enterprise with higher returns for the Company's shareholders; the strength of the real estate market, the duration of any lease entered into as part of any sale-leaseback transaction, the amount of commissions owed to brokers, and applicable tax rates; the impact of the Company’s debt service obligations and restrictive debt covenants; the Company’s end-use markets are cyclical; the Company depends upon a selected base of industries and customers; a significant portion of the Company’s business depends upon U.S. Government defense spending; the Company is subject to extensive regulation and audit by the Defense Contract Audit Agency; contracts with some of the Company’s customers contain provisions which give the its customers a variety of rights that are unfavorable to the Company; further consolidation in the aerospace industry could adversely affect the Company’s business and financial results; the Company’s ability to successfully make acquisitions, including its ability to successfully integrate, operate or realize the projected benefits of such businesses; the Company relies on its suppliers to meet the quality and delivery expectations of its customers; the Company uses estimates when bidding on fixed-price contracts which estimates could change and result in adverse effects on its financial results; the impact of existing and future laws and regulations; the impact of existing and future accounting standards and tax rules and regulations; environmental liabilities could adversely affect the Company’s financial results; cyber security attacks, internal system or service failures may adversely impact the Company’s business and operations; the ultimate geographic spread, duration and severity of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and the effectiveness of actions taken, or actions that may be taken, by governmental authorities to contain the outbreak or treat its impact, and other risks and uncertainties, including those detailed from time to time in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not put undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. You should understand that many important factors, including those discussed herein, could cause the Company’s results to differ materially from those expressed or suggested in any forward-looking statement. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements to reflect new information or events or circumstances that occur after the date of this news release, November 2, 2021, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or otherwise. Readers are advised to review the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (which are available from the SEC’s EDGAR database at www.sec.gov).

Note Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information

This release contains non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA (which excludes interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation expense, restructuring charges, and Guaymas fire related expenses), non-GAAP operating income and as a percentage of net revenues, non-GAAP earnings, and non-GAAP earnings per share. In addition, certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to current year’s presentation.

The Company believes the presentation of these non-GAAP measures provide important supplemental information to management and investors regarding financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations. The Company’s management uses these non-GAAP financial measures along with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in evaluating the Company’s actual and forecasted operating performance, capital resources and cash flow. The non-GAAP financial information presented herein should be considered supplemental to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. The Company discloses different non-GAAP financial measures in order to provide greater transparency and to help the Company’s investors to more meaningfully evaluate and compare Ducommun’s results to its previously reported results. The non-GAAP financial measures that the Company uses may not be comparable to similarly titled financial measures used by other companies. We define backlog as potential revenue and is based on customer placed purchase orders and long-term agreements (“LTAs”) with firm fixed price and expected delivery dates of 24 months or less. The majority of the LTAs do not meet the definition of a contract under ASC 606 and thus, the backlog amount disclosed herein is greater than the remaining performance obligations disclosed under ASC 606. Backlog is subject to delivery delays or program cancellations, which are beyond our control. Backlog is affected by timing differences in the placement of customer orders and tends to be concentrated in several programs to a greater extent than our net revenues. Backlog in industrial markets tends to be of a shorter duration and is generally fulfilled within a three month period. As a result of these factors, trends in our overall level of backlog may not be indicative of trends in our future net revenues.

CONTACTS:

Christopher D. Wampler, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Controller and Treasurer, 657.335.3665
Chris Witty, Investor Relations, 646.438.9385, cwitty@darrowir.com 

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DUCOMMUN INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)

    October 2,
2021
  December 31,
2020
Assets        
Current Assets        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 8,973     $ 56,466  
Accounts receivable, net   69,805     58,025  
Contract assets   182,759     154,028  
Inventories   144,179     129,223  
Production cost of contracts   7,630     6,971  
Other current assets   7,595     5,571  
Total Current Assets   420,941     410,284  
Property and equipment, Net   108,973     109,990  
Operating lease right-of-use assets   17,052     16,348  
Goodwill   170,830     170,830  
Intangibles, net   114,984     124,744  
Deferred income taxes   33     33  
Other assets   4,970     5,118  
Total Assets   $ 837,783     $ 837,347  
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity        
Current Liabilities        
Accounts payable   $ 65,275     $ 63,980  
Contract liabilities   23,274     28,264  
Accrued and other liabilities   35,294     40,526  
Operating lease liabilities   3,365     3,132  
Current portion of long-term debt   7,000     7,000  
Total Current Liabilities   134,208     142,902  
Long-term debt, less current portion   291,038     311,922  
Non-current operating lease liabilities   14,801     14,555  
Deferred income taxes   18,395     16,992  
Other long-term liabilities   20,393     21,642  
Total Liabilities   478,835     508,013  
Commitments and contingencies        
Shareholders’ Equity        
Common stock   119     117  
Additional paid-in capital   101,265     97,090  
Retained earnings   266,429     241,727  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (8,865 )   (9,600 )
Total Shareholders’ Equity   358,948     329,334  
Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity   $ 837,783     $ 837,347  

DUCOMMUN INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    October 2,
2021
  September 26,
2020
  October 2,
2021
  September 26,
2020
Net Revenues   $ 163,227       $ 150,371       $ 480,570       $ 471,155    
Cost of Sales   127,912       116,906       375,373       368,218    
Gross Profit   35,315       33,465       105,197       102,937    
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses   21,952       22,093       68,132       67,253    
Restructuring Charges         1,107             1,768    
Operating Income   13,363       10,265       37,065       33,916    
Interest Expense   (2,770 )     (3,101 )     (8,433 )     (11,068 )  
Other Income   196       99       196       99    
Income Before Taxes   10,789       7,263       28,828       22,947    
Income Tax Expense   1,205       762       4,126       3,426    
Net Income   $ 9,584       $ 6,501       $ 24,702       $ 19,521    
Earnings Per Share                
Basic earnings per share   $ 0.80       $ 0.56       $ 2.08       $ 1.67    
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.78       $ 0.54       $ 2.02       $ 1.64    
Weighted-Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding                
Basic   11,920       11,703       11,862       11,660    
Diluted   12,242       11,959       12,248       11,886    
                 
Gross Profit %   21.6   %   22.3   %   21.9   %   21.8   %
SG&A %   13.4   %   14.7   %   14.2   %   14.3   %
Operating Income %   8.2   %   6.8   %   7.7   %   7.2   %
Net Income %   5.9   %   4.3   %   5.1   %   4.1   %
Effective Tax Rate   11.2   %   10.5   %   14.3   %   14.9   %

DUCOMMUN INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
BUSINESS SEGMENT PERFORMANCE
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)

    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    %
Change
  October 2,
2021
  September
26,
2020
  %
of Net  Revenues
2021
  %
of Net  Revenues
2020
  %
Change
  October 2,
2021
  September
26,
2020
  %
of Net  Revenues
2021
  %
of Net  Revenues
2020
Net Revenues                                        
Electronic Systems   1.2 %   $ 104,721     $ 103,470     64.2   %   68.8   %   4.5   %   $ 306,622     $ 293,540     63.8   %   62.3   %
Structural Systems