Restructuring Actions and Revenue Growth Drive Strong Margin Gains,
Solid Operating Cash Flow
SANTA ANA, California (August 6, 2018) – Ducommun Incorporated (NYSE:DCO) (“Ducommun” or the “Company”) today reported results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2018.
Second Quarter 2018 Highlights*
“I am very pleased with the second quarter results as it demonstrated once again, the fact that Ducommun is on the road to improved financial performance, benefiting from numerous initiatives put in place since my arrival eighteen months ago,” said Stephen G. Oswald, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Revenue rose 9.9% year-over-year, our backlog remains strong, and operating margins net of adjustments, expanded 100 basis points versus 2017's comparable period. Of particular note is the continued improvement in our structures’ adjusted operating margins, which nearly doubled sequentially from Q1. This was due to improved product mix, recent streamlining measures, strong operational leadership, and ongoing review and assessment of our customer portfolio and programs.
“Our company-wide restructuring program is on track to reduce total plant footprint roughly 16% this year and result in estimated savings of $14 million annually. At the same time, Ducommun’s robust backlog illustrates increasing demand for our narrowbody platforms and certain defense programs, supporting our growth momentum and positive view going forward. In addition, due to many initiatives already accomplished, the company believes it is well positioned for further long-term gains and increased shareholder value for our investors.”
*All financial statements in this report (and henceforth) recognize the implementation of the FASB Accounting Standards Codification Topic 606 (“ASC 606”), covering policies on revenue recognition. In some instances herein a reference is made to the prior ASC, Topic 605 (“ASC 605”), for comparative purposes. Please see the non-GAAP measures starting on page 7 herein and the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for further description of this change.
Second Quarter Results
Net revenue for the second quarter of 2018 was $154.8 million compared to $140.9 million for the second quarter of 2017. The year-over-year increase of 9.9% was due to the following:
Net income for the second quarter of 2018 was $1.6 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared to $3.8 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2017. The year-over-year decrease was due to $5.4 million of restructuring charges recorded in the quarter ended June 30, 2018. The $5.8 million increase in gross profit was due to higher revenue that was partially offset by a $1.7 million increase in interest expense and $1.5 million higher selling, general and administrative expenses.
Gross profit for the second quarter of 2018 was $32.0 million, or 20.7% of revenue compared to gross profit of $26.3 million, or 18.6% of revenue, for the second quarter of 2017. The increase in gross margin percentage year-over-year was due to higher manufacturing volume and favorable product mix, partially offset by an increase in compensation and benefit costs and higher other manufacturing costs.
Operating income for the second quarter of 2018 was $5.6 million, or 3.6% of revenue, compared to $6.6 million, or 4.7% of revenue, in the comparable period last year. The year-over-year decrease was due to restructuring charges, partially offset by higher revenue.
Interest expense for the second quarter of 2018 was $3.8 million compared to $2.1 million in the comparable period of 2017. The year-over-year increase was due to a higher outstanding balance on the revolving credit facility, due to the acquisitions of Certified Thermoplastics Co., LLC on April 23, 2018 and Lightning Diversion Systems, LLC during the third quarter of 2017, and higher interest rates.
Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter of 2018 was $18.7 million, or 12.1% of revenue, compared to $13.7 million, or 9.7% of revenue, for the comparable period in 2017, an increase of 36.3%.
During the second quarter of 2018, the Company generated $15.9 million of cash flow from operations compared to $3.0 million during the second quarter of 2017.
The Company’s backlog as of June 30, 2018 was $823 million compared to $726 million as of December 31, 2017, an increase of 13.3%.
Electronic Systems segment net revenue for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 was $84.5 million, compared to $81.8 million for the second quarter of 2017. The year-over-year increase was due to the following:
Electronic Systems’ segment operating income was $8.7 million, or 10.3% of revenue, for the second quarter of 2018 compared to $8.9 million, or 10.9% of revenue, for the comparable quarter in 2017. The year-over-year decrease was due to restructuring charges, unfavorable product mix, and higher compensation and benefit costs, partially offset by favorable manufacturing volume.
Structural Systems segment net revenue for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 was $70.3 million, compared to $59.1 million for the second quarter of 2017. The year-over-year increase was due to the following:
Structural Systems segment operating income for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 was $5.0 million, or 7.1% of revenue, compared to $2.1 million, or 3.6% of revenue, for the second quarter of 2017. The year-over-year increase was due to favorable product mix, favorable manufacturing volume, partially offset by higher compensation and benefit costs and restructuring charges.
Corporate General and Administrative (“CG&A”) Expenses
CG&A expenses for the second quarter of 2018 were $8.1 million, or 5.2% of total Company revenue, compared to $4.4 million, or 3.1% of total Company revenue, for the comparable quarter in the prior year. The year-over-year increase was due to higher compensation and benefit costs of $1.4 million, higher professional services fees of $1.2 million, which includes acquisition related costs of $0.3 million, and restructuring charges of $1.1 million.
A teleconference hosted by Stephen G. Oswald, the Company’s chairman, president, and chief executive officer, and Douglas L. Groves, the Company’s vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, will be held today, August 6, 2018 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 ten minutes prior to the conference time. The participant passcode is 1293403. 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 1293403.
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.