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Esterline Technologies Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: March 4, 2011 05:22PM
Esterline Technologies Corp. (ESL) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2011-01-28.
Highlight of Business Operations:
Income from continuing operations was $30.0 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, compared with $12.4 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, in the prior-year period. During the first fiscal quarter of 2011, our operating results benefited from solid earnings across all our segments due mainly to strong sales volumes and gross margin. Segment earnings (excluding corporate expense) as a percent of sales increased to 15.4% in the first fiscal quarter of 2011 compared to 9.8% in the prior-year period. Avionics & Controls led all segments with an $11.6 million increase in segment earnings, followed by Advanced Materials and Sensors & Systems, each with about a $6.5 million increase in segment earnings over the prior-year period. Income from continuing operations also benefited from a decrease in the income tax rate to 20.3% from 26.9% in the prior-year period, reflecting the retroactive extension of the U.S. federal research and experimentation tax credits. Income from discontinued operations was $8,000 in the first fiscal quarter of 2011 compared with $340,000 or $0.01 per diluted share in the prior-year period.
Selling, general and administrative expenses (which include corporate expenses) totaled $66.1 million, or 17.8% of sales, and $61.3 million, or 18.3% of sales, for the first fiscal quarter of 2011 and 2010, respectively. The increase in selling, general and administrative expense principally reflected an increase of $2.7 million of corporate expense and a $3.0 million increase in selling, general and administrative expenses at our Avionics & Controls segment, partially offset by a $1.2 million decrease at our Advanced Materials segment. The increase in corporate expense mainly reflected higher incentive compensation expense of $1.6 million and increased charitable contributions of $0.3 million. The increase in selling, general and administrative expense at our Avionics & Controls segment principally reflected higher selling expenses and incentive compensation.
Avionics & Controls segment earnings were $31.0 million, or 16.1% of sales, in the first fiscal quarter of 2011 and $19.4 million, or 11.4% of sales, in the first fiscal quarter of 2010, mainly reflecting a $10.7 million increase in avionics systems. Avionics systems benefited from increased gross profit, partially offset by a $1.3 million increase in research, development and engineering and a $2.0 million increase in selling, general and administrative expense.
Advanced Materials segment earnings were $15.3 million, or 15.1% of sales, for the first fiscal quarter of 2011 compared with $8.7 million, or 9.3% of sales, for the first fiscal quarter of 2010, primarily reflecting a $2.0 million increase in defense technologies and a $4.2 million increase in engineered materials. Defense technologies reflected a $3.4 million increase in combustible ordnance gross profit and a $1.4 million decrease in countermeasures gross profit. The increase in engineered materials mainly reflected increased gross profit for elastomer and insulation materials.
Cash and cash equivalents at January 28, 2011, totaled $351.5 million, a decrease of $70.6 million from October 29, 2010. Net working capital decreased to $690.3 million at January 28, 2011, from $752.2 million at October 29, 2010. Sources and uses of cash flows from operating activities principally consisted of cash received from the sale of products and cash payments for material, labor and operating expenses. Cash flows provided by operating activities were $49.6 million and $30.4 million in the first fiscal quarter of 2011 and 2010, respectively. The increase principally reflected higher cash receipts and lower payments for interest, offset by higher payments for inventory.
Total debt at January 28, 2011, was $608.4 million and consisted of $250.0 million of Senior Notes due in 2020, $167.4 million of Senior Notes due in 2017, $118.8 million of the U.S. Term Loan, $44.3 million under capital lease obligations, and $27.9 million under our various foreign currency debt agreements and other debt agreements.