Company Begins 2017 Well Positioned for Growth as New CEO Takes Helm
LOS ANGELES, March 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ducommun Incorporated (NYSE:DCO) ("Ducommun" or the "Company") today reported results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016.
Fourth Quarter 2016 Highlights
"Ducommun again posted improved operating results and excellent cash flow during the quarter, paying down an additional $10 million in debt before year end," said Stephen G. Oswald, president and chief executive officer. "For 2016 as a whole, we eliminated $75 million of indebtedness, and our backlog rose to $600 million due to recent commercial aerospace awards - leaving us very well positioned for 2017 and beyond.
"Looking back, the Company took a number of decisive steps in 2016 that streamlined and focused our operations, and I'm excited to lead this innovative organization going forward. In 2017, the higher commercial platform build rates expected later this year, along with the potential for increased defense spending, make me confident we have a strong foundation to leverage our leading position in composites, titanium, and advanced electronics."
Fourth Quarter Results
Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $142.5 million, compared to $156.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. The year-over-year decline was due to the following:
Net income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $2.8 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $(65.2) million, or $(5.88) per share, for the fourth quarter of 2015. The fourth quarter of 2016 included a $1.2 million (pre-tax) net working capital adjustment for which there was no related tax benefit and a $1.0 million tax adjustment related to the finalization of a divestiture. The impact of these two non-recurring items was $2.2 million or $0.20 per diluted share.
The increase in net income for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 was primarily due to the following:
Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $27.8 million, or 19.5% of revenue, compared to gross profit of $22.8 million, or 14.6% of revenue, for the fourth quarter of 2015. The higher gross margin percentage year-over-year was primarily due to improved product mix (reflecting the aforementioned divestitures), ongoing supply chain initiatives, and improved operating performance.
Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $9.0 million, or 6.3% of revenue, compared to an operating loss of $(88.6) million, or (56.6)% of revenue, for the comparable period in 2015. The increase in operating income in the fourth quarter of 2016 was primarily due to the items that affected operating income (loss) described in net income (loss) above.
Interest expense decreased slightly to $2.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $2.2 million in the previous year's fourth quarter, primarily due to a lower outstanding debt balance as a result of net voluntary principal prepayments on the Company's credit facilities.
Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $15.1 million, or 10.6% of revenue, compared to $11.0 million, or 7.1% of revenue, for the comparable period in 2015.
During the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company generated $15.8 million of cash from operations, compared to $11.6 million during the fourth quarter of 2015. The increase in cash flow from operations in the fourth quarter of 2016 was primarily due to the higher net income.
Business Segment Information
Structural Systems reported net revenue for the current quarter of $60.8 million, compared to $61.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. The slight decrease year-over-year was primarily due to a $2.9 million decline in military and space revenue, reflecting program delays and budget changes which impacted scheduled deliveries on the Company's fixed-wing and helicopter platforms. This decline was partially offset by a $2.8 million increase in the Company's commercial aerospace revenue, mainly due to added content with existing customers.
Structural Systems reported operating income for the current fourth quarter of $3.2 million, or 5.2% of revenue, compared to an operating loss of $(56.0) million, or (91.8)% of revenue, in the fourth quarter of 2015. The increase in operating income was primarily due to the fact that the prior year quarter included a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $57.2 million and the current year period benefited from higher operating margins.
Adjusted EBITDA was $5.2 million for the current quarter, or 8.5% of revenue, compared to $4.6 million, or 7.6% of revenue, for the comparable quarter in 2015.
Electronic Systems reported net revenue for the current quarter of $81.7 million, compared to $95.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. The lower net revenue year-over-year was primarily due to the following:
Electronic Systems operating income for the current year fourth quarter was $9.2 million, or 11.3% of revenue, compared to an operating loss of $(27.0) million, or (28.3)% of revenue, for the fourth quarter of 2015. The increase in operating income year-over-year was primarily due to the following:
Adjusted EBITDA was $12.8 million for the current quarter, or 15.7% of revenue, compared to $11.3 million, or 11.8% of revenue, in the comparable quarter in 2015.
Corporate General and Administrative ("CG&A") Expense
CG&A expense for the current fourth quarter was $3.4 million, or 2.4% of total Company revenue, compared to $5.6 million, or 3.6% of total Company revenue, in the comparable quarter in 2015. The decrease in CG&A expense in the current year quarter was primarily due to lower professional fees of $1.7 million and lower compensation and benefit costs of $0.5 million.
A teleconference hosted by Anthony J. Reardon, the Company's chairman of the board, 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 today, March 6, 2017 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 56842062. Mr. Reardon, Mr. Oswald, and Mr. Groves will be speaking on behalf of the Company and anticipate the meeting and Q&A period to last approximately 45 minutes.
This call is being webcast by Thomson Reuters 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 56842062.
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
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Note Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Information
This release contains non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA (which excludes interest expense, income tax expense (benefit), depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation expense, net gain on divestitures, loss on extinguishment of debt, goodwill impairment, intangible asset impairment, and restructuring charges) and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) as well as Adjusted Earnings Per Share (which excludes divestiture net working capital adjustment and divestiture tax basis adjustment).
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.
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(1) Includes costs not allocated to either the Structural Systems or Electronic Systems operating segments.(2) Goodwill impairment related to Structural Systems operating segment.(3) 2015 includes restructuring charges for severance and benefits and loss on early exit from leases.(4) Insurance recoveries related to property and equipment included as other income in 2015.(5) Intangible asset impairment related to Electronic Systems operating segment.
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