SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ducommun Incorporated (NYSE:DCO) (“Ducommun” or the “Company”) today reported results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2017.
Third Quarter 2017 Highlights
“I am pleased to announce we posted solid operating results for the third quarter, including an increase in backlog to $655 million, growth in our defense business year-over-year, and improved margins sequentially within our Structural Systems segment. We also completed the acquisition of LDS, an innovative aerospace technology provider, in September, strengthening our electronic offerings across a number of key aircraft platforms,” said Stephen G. Oswald, president and chief executive officer. “In addition, and as I alluded to earlier this year, it is clearly necessary that we undertake some strategic measures to improve the cost structure of our business and, in doing so, drive margin expansion. We are therefore announcing a restructuring plan that is expected to increase operating efficiency and better position the Company for higher profitability and growth going forward.
“The Company currently anticipates this initiative will result in approximately $22.0 million to $25.0 million in total pre-tax restructuring charges through the end of 2018, with approximately $10.5 million recorded during the fourth quarter of 2017. Of these charges, approximately $9.0 million to $10.0 million are expected to be cash outlays for employee separation and other facility consolidation related expenses and $13.0 million to $15.0 million to be non-cash charges for the write-down of inventory and the impairment of long-lived assets. On an annualized basis, beginning in 2019, the Company anticipates these restructuring actions will result in total cost savings of approximately $14 million. We are taking such steps to build Ducommun into a more cost efficient, focused, higher margin enterprise best able to meet the demands of our customers, invest in innovative structural and electronic solutions, and achieve higher returns for our shareholders.”
Third Quarter Results
Net revenue for the third quarter of 2017 was $138.7 million compared to $132.6 million for the third quarter of 2016. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to the following:
Net income for the third quarter of 2017 was $4.7 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, compared to $5.0 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2016. The year-over-year decrease was primarily due to the following:
Gross profit for the third quarter of 2017 was $26.0 million, or 18.8% of revenue, compared to gross profit of $25.2 million, or 19.0% of revenue, for the third quarter of 2016. The decrease in gross margin percentage year-over-year was primarily due to unfavorable product mix, partially offset by lower manufacturing costs as a result of ongoing cost reduction initiatives.
Operating income for the third quarter of 2017 was $7.2 million, or 5.2% of revenue, compared to $8.1 million, or 6.1% of revenue, in the comparable period last year. The year-over-year decrease was primarily due to higher SG&A expense mainly due to higher compensation and benefit costs.
Interest expense for the third quarter of 2017 was $2.1 million compared to $1.9 million in the comparable period of 2016. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to a higher utilization of the revolving credit facility during the current three-month period, including the acquisition of Lightning Diversion Systems, LLC (“LDS”), partially offset by a lower outstanding term loan balance as a result of voluntary principal prepayments on the Company’s credit facilities.
Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2017 was $14.5 million, or 10.4% of revenue, compared to $14.9 million, or 11.2% of revenue, for the comparable period in 2016.
During the third quarter of 2017, the Company generated $11.1 million of cash flow from operations compared to $15.5 million during the third quarter of 2016. The year-over-year decrease reflects an increase in inventories and accounts receivable, partially offset by higher accounts payable.
The Company’s firm backlog as of September 30, 2017 was $655 million compared to $630 million as of July 1, 2017.
Structural Systems segment net revenue for the current-year third quarter was $59.7 million, compared to $60.9 million for the third quarter of 2016. The year-over-year decrease was primarily due to the following:
Structural Systems segment operating income for the current-year third quarter was $3.5 million, or 5.8% of revenue, compared to $5.9 million, or 9.7% of revenue, for the third quarter of 2016. The year-over-year decrease was primarily due to the impact of new program development on large airframe platforms and lower manufacturing volume.
Electronic Systems segment net revenue for the current-year third quarter was $79.0 million, compared to $71.6 million for the third quarter of 2016. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to the following:
Electronic Systems’ segment operating income was $8.2 million, or 10.4% of revenue, for the third quarter of 2017 compared to $6.6 million, or 9.2% of revenue, for the comparable quarter in 2016. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to higher manufacturing volume and lower manufacturing costs as a result of ongoing cost reduction initiatives, partially offset by unfavorable product mix.
Corporate General and Administrative (“CG&A”) Expenses
CG&A expenses for the third quarter of 2017 were $4.5 million, or 3.2% of total Company revenue, compared to $4.4 million, or 3.3% of total Company revenue, for the comparable quarter in the prior year.
A teleconference hosted by Stephen G. Oswald, the Company’s president and chief executive officer, and Douglas L. Groves, the Company’s vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, will be held tomorrow, November 2, 2017 at 5:30 a.m. PT (8:30 a.m. ET) to review these financial results. To participate in the teleconference, please call 844-239-5278 (international 574-990-1017) approximately ten minutes prior to the conference time. The participant passcode is 99301365. Mr. Oswald and Mr. Groves will be speaking on behalf of the Company and anticipate the call (including Q&A) to last approximately 45 minutes.
This call is being webcast and can be accessed directly at the Ducommun website at www.ducommun.com. Conference call replay will be available after that time at the same link or by dialing 855-859-2056, passcode 99301365.
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 www.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, earnings guidance, the Company’s restructuring plan and any statements about the Company’s plans, strategies and prospects. The Company generally uses the words “may,” “will,” “could,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “plan,” “intend” 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 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 or enter into joint ventures, 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; 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 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, at various SEC reference facilities in the United States and through the Company’s website).
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, and restructuring charges).
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.
Douglas L. Groves, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, 657.335.3665 Chris Witty, Investor Relations, 646.438.9385, firstname.lastname@example.org
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(1) Includes costs not allocated to either the Structural Systems or Electronic Systems operating segments.