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Wesco Aircraft Holdings Reports Fiscal 2018 First Quarter Results
Business Assessment Validating Scope, Impact and Timing of Key Initiatives

VALENCIA, Calif., Feb. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:WAIR), one of the world's leading distributors and providers of comprehensive supply chain management services to the global aerospace industry, today announced results for its fiscal 2018 first quarter ended December 31, 2017.

Fiscal 2018 First Quarter Highlights

  • Net sales of $363.1 million, up 7.0 percent
  • Net loss of $0.4 million, including additional tax expense of $9.1 million from enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
  • Adjusted net income(1) of $14.5 million, or $0.15 per diluted share
  • Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization(1) (EBITDA) of $35.0 million, or 9.6 percent of net sales

Todd Renehan, chief executive officer, said, “Results in the fiscal 2018 first quarter reflect improved sales and operating performance, consistent with the recovery in leading indicators that began in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. The increase in sales compared to the first quarter of last year was primarily due to new business and higher volumes on hardware and chemical contracts, and to a lesser extent, better ad-hoc sales performance. Expenses reflect investments made in the second half of fiscal 2017 and consulting costs incurred in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 to support improvement initiatives. While our fiscal 2018 first quarter results are promising, more work is needed to sustain and further improve our performance to-date.

“The comprehensive business assessment that we initiated in the first quarter is progressing well. We’re very encouraged with the assessment’s findings, which reinforce our belief that significant opportunities exist to reduce costs and enhance margins. We are digging deeper into the next level of details to further validate our view of the scope, impact and timing of improvement plan initiatives, while at the same time initiating projects in several key areas. We plan to provide details of these broader initiatives and their expected financial impact in our fiscal 2018 second quarter earnings announcement.”

Fiscal 2018 First Quarter Results

Net sales of $363.1 million in the fiscal 2018 first quarter were 7.0 percent higher than the same period last year, primarily due to an increase in long-term contracts and growth in ad-hoc sales. The increase in contract sales primarily reflects new business revenue and higher hardware and chemical content. Ad-hoc sales growth was primarily due to improved service performance and growth at key customers.

Gross profit was $94.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018, compared with $89.5 million in the fiscal 2017 first quarter. Gross margin was 26.0 percent in the fiscal 2018 first quarter, compared with 26.4 percent in the same period last year. The lower gross margin primarily reflects a decline in chemical margins and a slightly negative impact from mix.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses totaled $69.9 million in the fiscal 2018 first quarter compared with $63.2 million in the same period last year. The increase in SG&A expenses was primarily due to investments made in the second half of fiscal 2017 to stabilize the business and support growth, as well as higher consulting costs in the fiscal 2018 first quarter associated with the company’s improvement initiatives. SG&A expense as a percentage of net sales was 19.2 percent in the fiscal 2018 first quarter, compared with 18.6 percent in the same period last year.

Income from operations totaled $24.6 million, or 6.8 percent of net sales, in the fiscal 2018 first quarter, compared with $26.3 million, or 7.7 percent of net sales, in the same period last year. The decline in operating income reflects higher SG&A expenses, partially offset by an increase in gross profit.

The company's effective tax rate in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 includes additional tax expense of $9.1 million associated with the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in the period. Excluding this expense, the company’s effective tax rate in fiscal 2018 is expected to be approximately 28-29 percent.

Net loss was $0.4 million in the fiscal 2018 first quarter, essentially break-even on a per-share basis. This compares with net income of $13.1 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the same period last year. Adjusted net income(1) was $14.5 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared with $18.5 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, in the same period last year.

Adjusted EBITDA(1) in the fiscal 2018 first quarter was $35.0 million, compared with $34.3 million in the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA margin(1) was 9.6 percent, compared with 10.1 percent in the same period last year.

Net cash used in operating activities totaled $29.9 million in the fiscal 2018 first quarter compared with $28.1 million in the same period last year. Free cash flow was negative $31.2 million in the fiscal 2018 first quarter, compared with negative free cash flow of $29.4 million in the same period last year.

Fiscal 2018 Outlook

The company continues to target a low single-digit percentage increase in net sales year-over-year in fiscal 2018, as well as a low double-digit percentage increase in adjusted EBITDA year-over-year in fiscal 2018. The company also continues to expect that it will end the fiscal year at an adjusted EBITDA margin run-rate of more than 10 percent.

Conference Call Information

Wesco Aircraft will hold a conference call to discuss its fiscal 2018 first quarter results at 2:00 p.m. PST (5:00 p.m. EST) today, February 8, 2018. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 866-763-0010 (domestic) or 703-871-3797 (international) and entering passcode 3079308.

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 855-859-2056 (domestic) or 404-537-3406 (international) and entering passcode 3079308. The telephonic replay will be available until February 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

About Wesco Aircraft

Wesco Aircraft is one of the world’s leading distributors and providers of comprehensive supply chain management services to the global aerospace industry. The company’s services range from traditional distribution to the management of supplier relationships, quality assurance, kitting, just-in-time delivery, chemical management services, third-party logistics or fourth-party logistics and point-of-use inventory management. The company believes it offers one of the world’s broadest portfolios of aerospace products, including C-class hardware, chemical and electrical and comprised of more than 565,000 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.

Footnotes

(1) Non-GAAP financial measure – see the tables following this press release for reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP results.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

Adjusted net income represents net (loss) income before: (i) amortization of intangible assets, (ii) amortization or write-off of deferred issuance costs, (iii) special 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.

Adjusted EBITDA represents net (loss) income before: (i) income tax (benefit) provision, (ii) net interest expense, (iii) depreciation and amortization and (iv) special items.

Adjusted EBITDA margin represents adjusted EBITDA divided by net sales.

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

Wesco Aircraft utilizes and discusses adjusted net income, adjusted basic earnings per share, adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin 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 the company’s 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 (loss) income, determined in accordance with GAAP, as an indicator of operating performance. Adjusted net income, adjusted basic earnings per share, adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin 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 the tables following this press release for reconciliations of adjusted net income, adjusted basic earnings per share, adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin 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 “believe,” “continue,” “enhance,” “expect,” “impact,” “improve,” “increase,” “indicator,” “initiative,” “outlook,” “plan,” “progress,” “reduce,” “sustain,” “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 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, excess and obsolete inventory and valuation allowance of the company’s deferred tax assets) and legal proceedings; changes in U.S. tax law; the company’s dependence on third-party package delivery companies; fuel price risks; 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.

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

 
Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of (Loss) Income (UNAUDITED)
(In thousands, except share data)
   
  Three Months Ended
December 31,
  2017   2016
Net sales $ 363,091     $ 339,371  
Cost of sales 268,667     249,914  
Gross profit 94,424     89,457  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 69,852     63,201  
Income from operations 24,572     26,256  
Interest expense, net (11,838 )   (11,073 )
Other income, net 260     288  
Income before income taxes 12,994     15,471  
Provision for income taxes (13,368 )   (2,364 )
Net (loss) income $ (374 )   $ 13,107  
       
Net (loss) income per share:      
Basic $ (0.00 )   $ 0.13  
Diluted $ (0.00 )   $ 0.13  
Weighted average shares outstanding:      
Basic 99,096,914     98,319,926  
Diluted 99,096,914     98,821,794  
           


 
Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (UNAUDITED)
(In thousands)
       
  December 31,
 2017
  September 30,
 2017
Assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 41,948     $ 61,625  
Accounts receivable, net 253,602     256,301  
Inventories 856,253     827,870  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 16,542     13,733  
Income taxes receivable 3,057     3,617  
Total current assets 1,171,402     1,163,146  
Long-term assets 586,884     590,961  
Total assets $ 1,758,286     $ 1,754,107  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
Accounts payable $ 161,684     $ 184,273  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 33,896     35,329  
Income taxes payable 5,614     3,290  
Capital lease obligations, current portion 3,153     2,952  
Short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt 94,000     75,000  
Total current liabilities 298,347     300,844  
Capital lease obligations, less current portion 2,950     2,013  
Long-term debt, less current portion 783,673     788,838  
Deferred income taxes 3,797     3,197  
Other liabilities 17,109     9,484  
Total liabilities 1,105,876     1,104,376  
Total stockholders’ equity 652,410     649,731  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 1,758,286     $ 1,754,107  
               


 
Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (UNAUDITED)
(In thousands)
   
  Three Months Ended
December 31,
  2017   2016
Cash flows from operating activities      
Net (loss) income $ (374 )   $ 13,107  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities      
Depreciation and amortization 7,256     6,729  
Amortization of deferred debt issuance costs 1,508     3,202  
Stock-based compensation expense 1,815     2,690  
Inventory provision 4,443     2,166  
Deferred income taxes 593     491  
Other non-cash items 59     (681 )
Subtotal 15,300     27,704  
Changes in assets and liabilities      
Accounts receivable 2,020     (2,159 )
Inventories (32,960 )   (44,335 )
Other current and long-term assets (2,492 )   (7,667 )
Accounts payable (22,315 )   (8,334 )
Other current and long-term liabilities 10,567     6,705  
Net cash used in operating activities (29,880 )   (28,086 )
Cash flows from investing activities      
Purchase of property and equipment (1,335 )   (1,316 )
Net cash used in investing activities (1,335 )   (1,316 )
Cash flows from financing activities      
Proceeds from short-term borrowings 46,000     25,000  
Repayment of short-term borrowings (27,000 )   (5,000 )
Repayment of borrowings and capital lease obligations (5,547 )   (6,674 )
Debt issuance costs (1,900 )   (10,462 )
Net cash (used for) from activities related to stock-based incentive plans (26 )   2,277  
Net cash provided by financing activities 11,527     5,141  
Effect of foreign currency exchange rate on cash and cash equivalents 11     (1,608 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (19,677 )   (25,869 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 61,625     77,061  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 41,948     $ 51,192  
               


 
Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc.
Non-GAAP Financial Information - Adjusted Net Income and
Adjusted Earnings Per Share (UNAUDITED)
(Dollars in thousands, except share data)
   
  Three Months Ended
December 31,
  2017   2016
Net Sales $ 363,091     $ 339,371  
       
Adjusted Net Income      
Net (loss) income $ (374 )   $ 13,107  
Amortization of intangible assets 3,714     3,721  
Amortization of deferred debt issuance costs 1,508     3,202  
Special items (1) 2,914     1,015  
Adjustments for tax effect (2) 6,696     (2,547 )
Adjusted net income $ 14,458     $ 18,498  
       
Adjusted Earnings Per Share      
Weighted-average number of basic shares outstanding 99,096,914     98,319,926  
Adjusted net income per basic share $ 0.15     $ 0.19  
       
Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share      
Weighted-average number of diluted shares outstanding 99,096,914     98,821,794  
Adjusted net income per diluted share $ 0.15     $ 0.19  
               

(1) Special items in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 consisted of consulting fees associated with the company’s improvement activities of $1.6 million, settlement of litigation and related fees of $1.1 million and other expenses of $0.2 million. Special items in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 consisted of business realignment and other expenses of $1.0 million.

(2)  The adjustments for tax effect in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 included an estimated $9.1 million tax provision on foreign earnings as a transition tax under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

 
Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc.
Non-GAAP Financial Information - EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (UNAUDITED)
(Dollars in thousands)
   
  Three Months Ended
December 31,
  2017   2016
       
EBITDA & Adjusted EBITDA      
Net (loss) income $ (374 )   $ 13,107  
Provision for income taxes 13,368     2,364  
Interest expense, net 11,838     11,073  
Depreciation and amortization 7,256     6,729  
EBITDA 32,088     33,273  
Special items (1) 2,914     1,015  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 35,002     $ 34,288  
       
Adjusted EBITDA margin 9.6 %   10.1 %
           

(1) Special items in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 consisted of consulting fees associated with the company’s improvement activities of $1.6 million, settlement of litigation and related fees of $1.1 million and other expenses of $0.2 million. Special items in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 consisted of business realignment and other expenses of $1.0 million.

 
Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc.
Non-GAAP Financial Information - Free Cash Flow (UNAUDITED)
(Dollars in thousands)
               
  Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Increase
(Decrease)
  Percent
Change
  2017   2016    
Free Cash Flow              
Net cash used in operating activities $ (29,880 )   $ (28,086 )   $ (1,794 )   (6.4 )%
Purchase of property and equipment (1,335 )   (1,316 )   (19 )    
Free cash flow $ (31,215 )   $ (29,402 )   $ (1,813 )   (6.2 )%
               

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