AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), today reported financial results for its first quarter ended August 1, 2020.
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AeroVironment’s family of systems provide multi-mission capabilities for defense and commercial customers, and precision strike at the battlefield’s edge. (Graphic: Business Wire)
"We are on track to achieve our fiscal year 2021 plans and deliver another year of profitable top line growth, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and its unprecedented impact on the global economy. We delivered $87.5 million in revenue and $0.42 diluted earnings per share in our first quarter, consistent with our plan," said Wahid Nawabi, AeroVironment president and chief executive officer. "Our outstanding team continues to deliver results and extend our global market leadership position. During the quarter, our team successfully completed the fourth flight test of the Sunglider HAPS system and performed successful demonstrations of our larger Switchblade variant, which is designed to address a much larger segment of the legacy missile market."
"We remain well positioned to continue creating shareholder value in the near- and long-term. With the unwavering support of our employees and a laser focus on achieving our financial and operational objectives, we are confident we will emerge from this pandemic as an even stronger company," Mr. Nawabi added.
FISCAL 2021 FIRST QUARTER RESULTS
Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 was $87.5 million, an increase of 1% from the first quarter of fiscal 2020 revenue of $86.9 million. The increase in revenue was due to an increase in service revenue of $8.0 million, partially offset by a decrease in product sales of $7.5 million.
Gross margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 was $35.4 million, a decrease of 14% from the first quarter of fiscal 2020 gross margin of $41.3 million. The decrease in gross margin was primarily due to a decrease in product margin of $9.2 million, partially offset by an increase in service margin of $3.3 million. As a percentage of revenue, gross margin decreased to 40% from 47%. The decrease in gross margin percentage was primarily due to a decrease in the proportion of product sales to total revenue and an unfavorable product mix.
Income from operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 was $12.3 million, a decrease of $6.6 million from the first quarter of fiscal 2020 income from operations of $18.9 million. The decrease in income from operations was primarily a result of a decrease in gross margin of $5.9 million and an increase in research and development ("R&D") expense of $2.4 million, partially offset by a decrease in selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expense of $1.7 million.
Other income, net, for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 was $0.2 million, as compared to $1.7 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2020. The decrease in other income, net was primarily due to a decrease in interest income resulting from a decrease in the average interest rates earned on our investment portfolio.
Provision for income taxes for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 was $1.2 million, as compared to $2.1 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2020. The decrease in provision for income taxes was primarily due to the decrease in income before income taxes.
Equity method investment loss, net of tax, for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 was $1.3 million, as compared to $1.3 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2020, and was primarily associated with our investment in the HAPSMobile, Inc. joint venture, formed in December 2017.
Net income attributable to AeroVironment for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 was $10.1 million, as compared to $17.1 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2020.
Earnings per diluted share attributable to AeroVironment for the first quarter of fiscal 2021 was $0.42, as compared to $0.71 for the first quarter of fiscal 2020.
Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share was $0.44 for the first quarter of fiscal 2021, as compared to $0.74 for the first quarter of fiscal 2020.
As of August 1, 2020, funded backlog (remaining performance obligations under firm orders for which funding is currently appropriated to us under a customer contract) was $154.4 million, as compared to $208.1 million as of April 30, 2020.
FISCAL 2021 — OUTLOOK FOR THE FULL YEAR
For fiscal 2021, the Company continues to expect to generate revenue between $390 million and $410 million, operating margin of between 12% and 12.5%, and earnings per diluted share of $1.65 to $1.85. This financial guidance assumes approximately 7% ownership of the HAPSMobile joint venture. The Company expects non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, which excludes amortization of acquired intangible assets, to be between $1.74 and $1.94.
The foregoing estimates are forward-looking and reflect management's view of current and future market conditions, including certain assumptions with respect to our ability to obtain and retain government contracts, changes in the timing and/or amount of government spending, changes in the demand for our products and services, activities of competitors, changes in the regulatory environment, and general economic and business conditions in the United States and elsewhere in the world. Investors are reminded that actual results may differ materially from these estimates.
CONFERENCE CALL AND PRESENTATION
In conjunction with this release, AeroVironment, Inc. will host a conference call today, Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 1:30 pm Pacific Time that will be webcast live. Wahid Nawabi, president and chief executive officer, Kevin P. McDonnell, chief financial officer and Steven A. Gitlin, chief marketing officer and vice president of investor relations, will host the call.
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Investors may dial into the call by using the following telephone numbers, (877) 561-2749 (U.S.) or (678) 809-1029 (international) and providing the conference ID 7154976 five to ten minutes prior to the start time to allow for registration.
Investors with Internet access may listen to the live audio webcast via the Investor Relations page of the AeroVironment, Inc. website, http://investor.avinc.com. Please allow 15 minutes prior to the call to download and install any necessary audio software.
A supplementary investor presentation for the first fiscal quarter 2021 can be accessed at https://investor.avinc.com/events-and-presentations.
Audio Replay Options
An audio replay of the event will be archived on the Investor Relations page of the company's website, at http://investor.avinc.com. The audio replay will also be available via telephone from Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at approximately 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time through September 16, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Dial (855) 859-2056 (U.S.) or (404) 537-3406 (international) and provide the conference ID 7154976.
ABOUT AEROVIRONMENT, INC.
AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) provides technology solutions at the intersection of robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity that deliver more actionable intelligence so you can proceed with certainty. Celebrating 50 years of innovation, AeroVironment is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems and tactical missile systems, and serves defense, government and commercial customers. For more information, visit www.avinc.com.
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Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, reliance on sales to the U.S. government; availability of U.S. government funding for defense procurement and R&D programs; changes in the timing and/or amount of government spending; our ability to perform under existing contracts and obtain new contracts; risks related to our international business, including compliance with export control laws; potential need for changes in our long-term strategy in response to future developments; the extensive regulatory requirements governing our contracts with the U.S. government and international customers; the consequences to our financial position, business and reputation that could result from failing to comply with such regulatory requirements; unexpected technical and marketing difficulties inherent in major research and product development efforts; the impact of potential security and cyber threats; changes in the supply and/or demand and/or prices for our products and services; the activities of competitors and increased competition; failure of the markets in which we operate to grow; uncertainty in the customer adoption rate of commercial use unmanned aircraft systems; failure to remain a market innovator and create new market opportunities; changes in significant operating expenses, including components and raw materials; failure to develop new products; the extensive regulatory requirements governing our contracts with the U.S. government; risk of litigation, including but not limited to pending litigation arising from the sale of our EES business; the impact of our recent acquisition of Pulse Aerospace, LLC and our ability to successfully integrate it into our operations; product liability, infringement and other claims; changes in the regulatory environment; the impact of the outbreak related to the strain of coronavirus known as COVID-19 on our business operations; and general economic and business conditions in the United States and elsewhere in the world. For a further list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not intend, and undertake no obligation, to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this earnings release also contains a non-GAAP financial measure. See in the financial tables below the calculation of this measure, the reasons why we believe this measure provides useful information to investors, and a reconciliation of this measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.
Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
(In thousands except share and per share data)
Three Months Ended
Cost of sales:
Selling, general and administrative
Research and development
Income from operations
Interest income, net
Other income, net
Income before income taxes
Provision for income taxes
Equity method investment loss, net of tax
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest
Net income attributable to AeroVironment, Inc.
Net income per share attributable to AeroVironment, Inc.
Weighted-average shares outstanding:
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands except share data)
Cash and cash equivalents
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,054 at August 1, 2020 and $1,190 at April 30, 2020
Unbilled receivables and retentions
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
Total current assets
Property and equipment, net
Operating lease right-of-use assets
Deferred income taxes
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity
Wages and related accruals
Current operating lease liabilities
Income taxes payable
Other current liabilities
Total current liabilities
Non-current operating lease liabilities
Other non-current liabilities
Liability for uncertain tax positions
Commitments and contingencies
Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value:
Authorized shares—10,000,000; none issued or outstanding at August 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020
Common stock, $0.0001 par value:
Issued and outstanding shares—24,104,564 shares at August 1, 2020 and 24,063,639 shares at April 30, 2020
Additional paid-in capital
Accumulated other comprehensive income
Total AeroVironment, Inc. stockholders’ equity
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization
Losses from equity method investments
Realized gain from sale of available-for-sale investments
Provision for doubtful accounts
Other non-cash expense
Non-cash lease expense (income)
Loss on foreign currency transactions
Deferred income taxes
Loss (gain) on sale of property and equipment
Amortization of debt securities
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:
Unbilled receivables and retentions
Income tax receivable
Prepaid expenses and other assets
Net cash provided by operating activities
Acquisition of property and equipment
Equity method investments
Business acquisition, net of cash acquired
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment
Redemptions of held-to-maturity investments
Purchases of held-to-maturity investments
Redemptions of available-for-sale investments
Purchases of available-for-sale investments
Net cash used in investing activities
Tax withholding payment related to net settlement of equity awards
Exercise of stock options
Net cash used in financing activities
Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information
Cash refunded (paid), net during the period for:
Unrealized loss on investments, net of deferred tax expense of $4 for the three months ended August 1, 2020
Change in foreign currency translation adjustments
Acquisitions of property and equipment included in accounts payable
Reconciliation of non-GAAP Earnings per Diluted Share (Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
Three Months Ended
August 1, 2020
July 27, 2019
Earnings per diluted share
Acquisition related expenses
Amortization of acquired intangible assets
Earnings per diluted share as adjusted (Non-GAAP)
Reconciliation of Forecasted Earnings per Diluted Share (Unaudited)
Fiscal year ending
April 30, 2021
Forecasted earnings per diluted share
1.65 - 1.85
Amortization of acquired intangible assets
Forecasted earnings per diluted share as adjusted (Non-GAAP)
1.74 - 1.94
Statement Regarding Non-GAAP Measures
The non-GAAP measure set forth above should be considered in addition to, and not as a replacement for or superior to, the comparable GAAP measure, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Management believes that this measure provides useful information to investors by offering additional ways of viewing our results that, when reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measure, help our investors to understand the long-term profitability trends of our business and compare our profitability to prior and future periods and to our peers. In addition, management uses this non-GAAP measure to measure our operating and financial performance.
We exclude the acquisition-related expenses and amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets because we believe this facilitates more consistent comparisons of operating results over time between our newly acquired and existing businesses, and with our peer companies. We believe, however, that it is important for investors to understand that such intangible assets contribute to revenue generation and that intangible asset amortization will recur in future periods until such intangible assets have been fully amortized.
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