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Free Post Earnings Research Report: AAR's Sales Jumped 5.1%; Adjusted EPS Advanced 10%

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Earnings Highlights and Summary

For the fourth quarter fiscal 2018, AAR recorded sales of $473.5 million, up 5.1% from $450.5 million in Q4 FY17, reflecting continued growth in Aviation Services from the Company's industry-leading integrated supply chain solutions and parts supply activities. AAR's reported numbers lagged behind analysts' estimates of $476.2 million.

For Q4 FY18, AAR's consolidated gross profit margins increased to 17.9% from 17.3% in Q4 FY17, driven by strong Aviation Services sales volumes. The reported quarter sales to commercial customers represented 74.1% of consolidated sales compared to 76.2% of consolidated sales in the fourth quarter of last year. Sales to government and defense customers represented 25.9% of consolidated sales compared to 23.8% in the prior year's corresponding quarter.

AAR's selling, general, and administrative (SG&A) expenses as a percentage of sales were 13.1% in Q4 FY18 compared to 12.1% in Q4 FY17. In the reported quarter, the Company incurred approximately $2.5 million of severance and other restructuring costs.

AAR reported income from continuing operations of $18.1 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, in Q4 FY18. For Q4 FY17, the Company reported income from continuing operations of $16.3 million, or $0.48 per diluted share.

ARR's adjusted earnings from continuing operations were $0.54 per share during the reported quarter compared to $0.49 per share in the prior year's same quarter. The Company's earnings surpassed Wall Street's estimates of $0.54 per share.

For full fiscal year 2018, AAR's consolidated sales were $1.75 billion, reflecting an increase of 10.1% over sales of $1.59 billion in FY17.

For FY18, AAR's income from continuing operations was $73.7 million, or $2.11 per diluted share, compared to income from continuing operations of $52.0 million, or $1.51 per share, in FY17.On an adjusted basis, the Company's income from continuing operations was $62.7 million, or $1.79 per diluted share, in FY18 versus income from continuing operations of $52.5 million, or $1.53 per diluted share, in FY17.

AAR's Segment Results

During Q4 FY18, the Aviation Services segment's sales totaled $429.6 million compared to $421.3 million in Q4 FY17. The segment's gross profit came in at $76.4 million in the reported quarter versus $73.4 million in the prior year's comparable quarter.

For Q4 FY18, the Expeditionary services generated sales of $43.9 million compared to $29.2 million in Q4 FY17, while its gross profit came in at $8.3 million versus $4.5 million in the year earlier same quarter.

Cash Matters

During FY18, AAR returned $23.4 million to the Company's shareholders through dividends of $10.3 million or $0.30 per share and share repurchases of $13.1 million, or approximately 350,000 shares.

Outlook

AAR reaffirmed its fiscal year 2019 guidance of sales in the range of $2.1 billion to $2.2 billion, diluted earnings per share from continuing operations in the range of $2.50 to $2.80, and adjusted EBITDA in the band of $180 million to $190 million.

Stock Performance Snapshot

July 17, 2018 - At Tuesday's closing bell, AAR's stock climbed 1.92%, ending the trading session at $46.17.

Volume traded for the day: 172.80 thousand shares.

Stock performance in the last three-month - up 3.24%; previous six-month period - up 12.55%; past twelve-month period - up 25.12%; and year-to-date - up 17.51%

After yesterday's close, AAR's market cap was at $1.51 billion.

Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio was at 26.81.

The stock has a dividend yield of 0.65%.

The stock is part of the Industrial Goods sector, categorized under the Aerospace/Defense Products & Services industry. This sector was up 0.5% at the end of the session.

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