Rockwell Collins’ third quarter fiscal year 2007 earnings per share increase 23% to 86 cents; revenues grow 15% to $1.11 billion
* Full year FY 2007 revenue and earnings per share guidance raised
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) today reported net income of $146 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2007 ended on June 30, 2007, an increase of $25 million, or 21% over fiscal year 2006 third quarter net income of $121 million. Earnings per share improved 16 cents, or 23%, to 86 cents compared to earnings per share of 70 cents last year. Earnings per share growth exceeded the growth rate in net income due to the favorable effect of the company’s share repurchase program.
Third quarter fiscal year 2007 sales increased $149 million, or 15%, to $1.113 billion compared to sales of $964 million a year ago. Organic revenue growth was $135 million, or 14%. Incremental sales from business acquisitions completed in fiscal year 2006, principally the Evans & Sutherland simulator visualization systems business (the E&S business) acquired in May 2006, contributed $14 million of the revenue growth.
Cash provided by operating activities for the first nine months of fiscal year 2007 totaled $298 million compared to the $313 million reported for the same period last year. The operating cash flow benefit of higher net income was more than offset by increases in working capital to support the company’s double-digit revenue growth, including initial investments related to new aircraft programs, as well as higher income tax payments and discretionary defined benefit pension plan contributions.
“Efficiently delivering on our customer commitments led to another quarter of excellent financial results as both Government and Commercial Systems delivered double-digit organic revenue growth and total segment operating margins approached 21%,” said Rockwell Collins Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Clay Jones. “In addition, the numerous program awards, new product introductions and product certifications announced during the quarter provide solid evidence of future growth potential.”
Commenting on the company’s full fiscal year 2007 outlook, Jones added, “Due to particularly strong commercial aerospace market conditions and better than anticipated third quarter Commercial Systems sales, we raised our expectations for full year Commercial Systems and total company revenues. Our continued success at winning new program positions coupled with spending on product line enhancements also led us to increase our forecast for full year research and development expenditures. Finally, the incremental earnings from the higher projected revenues, which more than offsets the impact of the higher R&D investment, has allowed us to lift our full year earnings guidance as well,” concluded Jones, noting that management is now targeting fiscal year 2007 earnings per share growth of about 25%; more than double the projected organic revenue growth rate of about 11%.
Following is a discussion of fiscal year 2007 third quarter sales and earnings for each business segment.
Government Systems, which provides aviation electronics, navigation and precision guidance, communications and simulation systems, products and services to the United States government, foreign militaries and manufacturers of military platforms, achieved third quarter sales of $568 million, an increase of $69 million, or 14%, compared to the $499 million reported for the same period last year. Organic revenues grew $60 million, or 12%, while incremental sales from acquired businesses, primarily the E&S business, contributed $9 million of the revenue growth.
Sales of defense electronics systems and products increased $40 million, or 12%, to $375 million. Incremental revenues from acquired businesses contributed $8 million of the sales growth while organic sales increased $32 million, or 10%. The increase in organic sales was primarily due to higher Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR) equipment sales and higher revenues from various rotary and fixed wing aircraft electronics systems programs. Defense communications sales increased $29 million, or 18%, to $193 million principally due to higher revenues from Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) and other networked communication development programs as well as higher ARC-210 radio hardware and development program revenues.
Government Systems’ third quarter operating earnings totaled $111 million, resulting in an operating margin of 19.5%, compared to operating earnings of $99 million, or an operating margin of 19.8%, for the same period last year. Operating earnings were higher as the positive impact of the higher sales, including a favorable contract termination settlement, productivity improvements, and lower retirement benefit costs were partially offset by higher incentive compensation costs. In addition, a slightly higher proportion of lower margin development program and acquired business revenues contributed to the nominal decline in operating margin.
Commercial Systems, which provides aviation electronics systems, products and services to air transport, business and regional aircraft manufacturers and airlines worldwide, achieved third quarter sales of $545 million, an increase of $80 million, or 17%, compared to sales of $465 million reported for the same period last year. Strong demand for new business and air transport aircraft and related aftermarket activities fueled a $75 million, or 16% increase in organic revenues.
Sales to airlines and aircraft original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for new aircraft production increased $25 million, or 10%, to $274 million due to higher air transport and business jet avionics products and systems sales. Commercial Systems’ aftermarket revenues increased $55 million, or 25%, to $271 million. Incremental E&S business revenues accounted for $5 million, or 2 percentage points of the aftermarket growth while particularly strong growth in the areas of air transport avionics spares, resulting from initial sales of equipment for Boeing 787 simulators, as well as business and regional and air transport avionics service and support activities drove a $50 million, or 23% increase in organic aftermarket revenues.
Commercial Systems’ third quarter operating earnings increased $19 million to $119 million, delivering an operating margin of 21.8%, compared to operating earnings of $100 million, or an operating margin of 21.5%, for the same period a year ago. The increase in operating earnings and operating margin was primarily due to the positive impact of the higher sales, lower retirement benefit costs and productivity improvements, partially offset by higher research and development and incentive compensation costs.
During the third quarter of fiscal year 2007, the company repurchased 1.6 million shares of its common stock at a total cost of $108 million. Total authorized share repurchases available beyond June 30, 2007 stand at $347 million.
During the third quarter of fiscal year 2007, the company paid dividends to shareholders totaling $27 million, or 16 cents per share on its common stock.
The company made a $75 million voluntary contribution to its U.S. defined benefit pension plan during the third quarter of fiscal year 2007. This compares to a $50 million voluntary contribution made to its U.S. defined benefit pension plan during the same period last year.
Fiscal Year 2007 Outlook
The company has adjusted certain elements of its full fiscal year 2007 financial guidance as follows:
* Total company sales are expected to be about $4.35 billion (previously about $4.30 billion).
* Commercial Systems’ full year sales are projected to increase by about 18% (previously in the range of 15% to 17%) over fiscal year 2006 sales.
* Government Systems’ full year sales are projected to increase by about 8% (previously in the range of 7% to 9%) over fiscal year 2006 sales.
* Earnings per share are expected to be about $3.40 (previously in the range of $3.30 to $3.40).
* Research and development costs are expected to total about $815 million (previously about $800 million).
The following table is a complete summary of the company’s updated fiscal year 2007 financial guidance:
Total sales about $4.35 billion
Segment sales growth:(1)
- Government Systems(2) about 8%
- Commercial Systems(3) about 18%
Segment operating margins:
- Government Systems about 20%
- Commercial Systems about 22.5%
Earnings per share(4) about $3.40
Cash flow from operating activities(5) about $600 million
Research and development costs about $815 million
Capital expenditures about $140 million
(1) Projected growth rate over fiscal year 2006 actual segment sales.
(2) Includes approximately 2 percentage points of revenue growth attributable to fiscal year 2006 business acquisitions, principally the E&S business.
(3) Includes approximately 1 percentage point of growth from incremental E&S business revenues.
(4) Based on a projected full year effective income tax rate of approximately 31.5%.
(5) Includes a $75 million discretionary contribution to the company’s U.S. qualified defined benefit pension plan made in the fiscal year 2007 third quarter.
Numerous airlines and business and regional jet original equipment manufacturers selected Rockwell Collins Commercial Systems products and systems for installation on new and existing aircraft.
* Air Berlin selected Rockwell Collins to provide its WXR-2100 MultiScan Hazard DetectionTM System, Multi-Mode Receiver and Passenger Address Unit for 85 new Boeing 737NG aircraft.
* Air China selected a broad range of Rockwell Collins avionics, including the WXR-2100 MultiScan Hazard Detection System, for 25 new Boeing 737NG and 24 new Airbus A320/A321 aircraft.
* Continental Airlines selected a comprehensive suite of Rockwell Collins avionics equipment, including the GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR), for 103 new Boeing 737NG and two new Boeing 777 aircraft.
* GB Airways selected the company’s digital programmable audio video entertainment system (dPAVES®) in-flight entertainment system for seven A320/A321 aircraft, with the option for seven additional aircraft. The airline will be the dPAVES launch customer for this system introduced last September.
* Lynx Aviation, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Frontier Holdings, Inc., selected the company’s Head-up Guidance System (HGS®) for its fleet of Bombardier Q400 regional aircraft.
* Singapore Airlines selected the Rockwell Collins SAT-2100 satellite communication system and HST-2110 high speed data transceiver to facilitate high speed data services to their newly installed Electronic Flight Bag System on board 58 currently in service Boeing 777 aircraft.
* Cessna selected Rockwell Collins’ new next-generation digital cabin management system (CMS) for Cessna CJ4 aircraft. The new CMS, which is optimized to meet the size and weight constraints of the light to super-mid jet market, is high definition-capable and integrates a breadth of portable entertainment devices.
* Gulfstream Aerospace selected Rockwell Collins to be its fleetwide Head-Up Guidance System (HGS®) supplier. Beginning in late 2008, the Rockwell Collins HGS-6000, an all new digital display featuring advanced active-matrix LCD technology, will be standard equipment on new Gulfstream G450 and G550 aircraft, and optional equipment on new G150, G200, G350 and G500 aircraft.
* Hawker Beechcraft selected Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics, featuring three 8-inch by 10-inch active matrix LCD displays and the Rockwell Collins Integrated Flight Information System, for its King Air C90GT aircraft.
* The Xian Aircraft Company selected Rockwell Collins to upgrade its MA60 aircraft with Pro Line 21 avionics, featuring five 8-inch by 10-inch active matrix liquid crystal displays and is designed to provide a new level of flight crew situational awareness, operational efficiency and dispatch reliability.
Several Rockwell Collins Commercial Systems products and systems achieved certification during the third quarter.
* The Rockwell Collins Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) Head Up Guidance System (HGS®). This new system, the HGS-5860, will debut on the Dassault Aviation Falcon 7X bringing significant enhancements to business aviation. This represents the first certification of an LCD HGS for business aircraft.
* The Rockwell Collins cabin management system for Dassault Aviation Falcon aircraft. The state-of-the art cabin management system, currently standard on the F7X and F900EX/DX and offered on the F2000EX/DX/LX, is the first all-digital system available on Dassault Aviation’s Falcon aircraft.
* The Rockwell Collins model 5600 dual HGS on board Embraer 190 aircraft. The system was approved for Category III landing and low-visibility takeoff operation. Embraer’s launch customer for this system, JetBlue, will work over the next 12 to 15 months to gain approval to operate their E190 fleet in Category III conditions - runway visibility down to 600 feet and decision height down to 50 feet - improving schedule reliability and on-time performance.
* The Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 Integrated Display System (IDS) on a Piaggio 180 aircraft. This upgrade offers Piaggio 180 operators a path to larger informative LCD displays with new content - such as electronic charts and graphical weather available from the company’s Integrated Flight Information System.
Rockwell Collins reintroduced its eXchangeTM broadband connectivity offering that now features the ARINC SKYLinkSM network service. Under the terms to an agreement between the two companies that is subject to customary closing conditions, Rockwell Collins will supply airborne broadband hardware and after sales support, while ARINC SKYLink will provide the Ku-band satellite service. ARINC will continue to provide SKYLink system sales and support until the transition to Rockwell Collins eXchange hardware is completed.
The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command (C-E LCMC) selected Rockwell Collins to supply Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers for the Ground-Based GPS Receiver Application Module (GB-GRAM) program. GB-GRAM incorporates the Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) security device and fulfills a GPS Wing initiative to migrate to an open architecture system for ground-based embedded military applications. Under the GB-GRAM contract, Rockwell Collins is providing a low-cost, 12-channel Miniature Precision Lightweight GPS Receiver Engine SAASM (MPETM-S) as a small, lightweight, third-generation GPS receiver. The MPE-S offers geolocation and precise positioning capabilities for military navigation, tactical communications and battlefield computing requirements. Additional features include the ability to reprogram the unit in the field, dual frequencies, direct-Y acquisition and extended jamming protection. The five-year base contract and an additional five-year option represent a total potential contract value of more than $300 million.
Singapore Technologies Aerospace selected Rockwell Collins to provide an integrated avionics communication/navigation/surveillance and air traffic management (CNS/ATM) solution for 10 Singapore C-130 aircraft. The upgrade program for the Republic of Singapore Air Force will feature Rockwell Collins Flight2TM avionics. Flight2 avionics augments and enhances aircraft operational capabilities by providing an open systems architecture that ensures a seamless interface with multiple products, such as weather radar, guidance systems, and flight and situational awareness displays. Cockpit efficiency, safety and ease of use are improved, while the system provides a plug-and-play capability that allows for growth with evolving requirements. This award represents the latest in a number of successful CNS/ATM upgrade programs for Rockwell Collins, including the U.S. Air Force C/KC-135 GATM aircraft fleet upgrade and several other international C-130 programs.
Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs selected Rockwell Collins to provide High Frequency (HF) radios to enhance communication between the country’s embassies located throughout the world. Selected equipment included Rockwell Collins URG-III radios, a state-of-the-art family of HF communications equipment featuring full remote control, Automatic Link Establishment and high-speed, single-tone data transmission. Coupled with an HF contract award last year with the China Civil Aviation Administration, this award continues to broaden Rockwell Collins’ customer base in the region.
Rockwell Collins announced the introduction of its new Software Defined Radio (SDR) Software Communications Architecture Waveform Development System (SCA WDS). Made possible through a strategic relationship with PrismTech, the company will bundle its FlexNet Four Radio with PrismTech’s Spectra Software Defined Radio development products. This combination will allow international customers and SDR users to develop their own SCA-compliant waveforms, either new or legacy, on operationally ready FlexNet Four Radio hardware, outside a test or lab environment. This enhanced capability allows customers to significantly reduce transition time to port newly developed waveforms onto operational hardware as well as to customize their SDRs to host legacy or country-unique waveforms.
Data Link Solutions LLC and the MIDS JTRS Industry and Military Team successfully demonstrated Multifunctional Information Distribution System - Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) capabilities. The demonstration involved a MIDS-JTRS form-fit terminal interfacing with a legacy MIDS Low Volume Terminal (LVT) radio and a Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN) beacon simulator. MIDS JTRS provides an incremental path for migration to an SCA compliant architecture and adds three JTRS channels within the MIDS-LVT form factor while maintaining plug-and-play backward compatibility with the MIDS-LVT for Link 16 and TACAN capabilities. The three additional channels will provide the capability to run other advanced networking waveforms such as Tactical Targeting Network Technology, Wideband Networking Waveform, Soldier Radio Waveform, and Mobile User Objective System. Data Link Solutions, a BAE Systems / Rockwell Collins joint venture company, is currently developing design specifications and initial hardware for TTNT, and is expecting a contract award later this year to complete the design, integration, and qualification of this early networking waveform onto MIDS JTRS hardware. The initial host platforms for the new radio are the U.S. Navy F/A-18 and U.S. Air Force BACN.
Rockwell Collins announced the availability of a new offering, Engineering Services Solutions (ESS), that is now available for its commercial and government customers for a broad range of aircraft. With more than 30 candidate solutions currently available, ESS provides new capabilities and increased reliability to existing products, in addition to our proven maintenance and repair services. One notable example includes inserting newer RF technology into older generation radar products to improve performance as well as reduce part count, power consumption, operating temperature and maintenance complexity.
Rockwell Collins was selected to provide its EPXTM-50 image generator as part of a visual systems upgrade for the Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (AVCATT) program. The EPX-50 image generator provides realistic scene fidelity, image quality and high performance using commercial-off-the-shelf computing technology. AVCATT is a mobile, transportable, virtual simulation training system designed to provide Army aviation the capability to conduct realistic, high intensity, task-loaded collective and combined arms training exercises and mission rehearsals.
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