Rockwell Collins reports first quarter financial results

  • Earnings per share increase 10% to $1.10 including B/E Aerospace deal costs
  • Pending B/E Aerospace acquisition expected to close in the spring

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (January 20, 2017) - Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) today reported sales for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 of $1.2 billion, a 2% increase from the same period in fiscal year 2016.  First quarter fiscal year 2017 earnings per share from continuing operations increased to $1.10 compared to $1.00 in the prior year. Earnings per share from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 includes 10 cents of expenses related to the pending acquisition of B/E Aerospace. Earnings per share from continuing operations in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 included a 21 cent restructuring and asset impairment charge partially offset by an 18 cent benefit from the retroactive reinstatement of the Federal Research & Development Tax Credit.  Excluding these items, adjusted earnings per share increased 17% to $1.20 compared to $1.03 in the prior year.

"I'm pleased to report a very strong quarter of operating performance with total segment margins increasing 90 basis points and adjusted earnings per share growing 17% over the prior year,” said Rockwell Collins Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Kelly Ortberg. “First quarter sales were as anticipated with solid growth in our Government Systems and Information Management Services segments as well as a decline in Commercial Systems sales due to headwinds from lower business jet and aftermarket sales. As a result, we are reaffirming our financial guidance for the full year."

Ortberg continued, "We are making good progress with our pending acquisition of B/E Aerospace, which will strengthen our position as a leading supplier of cockpit and cabin solutions.  Our integration planning teams are moving full speed ahead and all of our targets remain intact.  I continue to be confident in our ability to achieve our synergy targets while focusing on successfully integrating these two great companies.  The next major milestones include shareholder and various regulatory approvals, all of which we expect to complete in the coming months.”

Following is a discussion of fiscal year 2017 first quarter sales and earnings for each business segment.

Commercial Systems

Commercial Systems, which provides aviation electronics systems, products and services to air transport, business and regional aircraft manufacturers and airlines worldwide, achieved 2017 first quarter results as summarized below.

  • Original equipment sales increased due to higher product deliveries in support of the Airbus A350 and Bombardier CSeries production rate increases, favorable customer timing for airline selectable equipment, and higher customer-funded development program revenues, partially offset by lower business aircraft OEM production rates.
  • Aftermarket sales decreased due to lower regulatory mandate sales, lower spares provisioning, and lower head-up display retrofit sales to customers in China.
  • Commercial Systems operating earnings were flat and operating margin improved 60 basis points over the prior year.  Operating margin was favorably impacted by lower research and development expense and cost saving initiatives, partially offset by a $13 million decrease in sales and sales mix, as lower margin customer-funded development revenues increased and higher margin business jet OEM sales decreased.

Government Systems

Government Systems provides a broad range of electronic products, systems and services to customers including the U.S. Department of Defense, other government agencies, civil agencies, defense contractors and ministries of defense around the world.  Results from the first quarter of 2017 are summarized below.

  • Avionics sales increased due to higher simulation and training program revenues and higher fixed-wing platform revenues.
  • Communication and Navigation sales decreased due to lower communication revenues partially offset by higher datalink program sales.
  • Operating earnings and operating margin increased due to higher sales volume and cost savings initiatives.

Information Management Services

Information Management Services (IMS) provides communication services, systems integration and security solutions across the aviation, airport, rail and nuclear security markets.  Results from the first quarter of 2017 are summarized below.

  • IMS sales increased primarily due to double-digit growth in aviation related sales.
  • IMS operating earnings and operating margin increased due to higher sales volume.

Corporate and Financial Highlights

Income Taxes

The company's effective income tax rate from continuing operations was 28.6% for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 compared to a rate of 15.3% for the same period last year.  The higher current year effective income tax rate from continuing operations was primarily due to the timing of the Federal R&D Tax Credit.  On December 18, 2015, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act was enacted which permanently reinstated the Federal R&D Tax Credit retroactive to January 1, 2015. This favorable tax credit had previously expired on December 31, 2014.

Cash Flow

Cash used for operating activities from continuing operations was $101 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, compared to $91 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016.  The increase in cash used for operating activities was due primarily to higher income tax payments, partially offset by higher cash collections from customers.

The Company paid a dividend on its common stock of 33 cents per share, or $43 million, in the first quarter of 2017.

Fiscal Year 2017 Outlook

The following table is a summary of the company's financial guidance for continuing operations for fiscal year 2017, which is unchanged from the guidance previously provided on October 23, 2016.  This financial guidance is based on stand-alone expectations for Rockwell Collins and does not contemplate the impact of the pending acquisition of B/E Aerospace.

  1. The Company's free cash flow expectations assume capital expenditures will total about $200 million, and net pre-production engineering costs capitalized in inventory is expected to increase about $50 million in fiscal year 2017.
  2. Total research and development investment consists of company and customer funded research & development expenditures as well as the net increase in pre-production engineering costs capitalized within inventory.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

Total segment operating margin is a non-GAAP measure and is reconciled to the related GAAP measure, Income from continuing operations before income taxes, in the Segment Sales and Earnings Information schedule in this press release. Total segment operating margin is calculated as total segment operating earnings divided by total sales. The non-GAAP total segment operating margin information included in this disclosure is believed to be useful to investors' understanding and assessment of the Company's ongoing operations.

See also the supplemental schedule included in this press release for a reconciliation of other non-GAAP measures including free cash flow and adjusted earnings per share.

Conference Call and Webcast Details

Rockwell Collins Chairman, President and CEO, Kelly Ortberg, and Senior Vice President and CFO, Patrick Allen, will conduct an earnings conference call at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on January 20, 2017. Individuals may listen to the call and view management's supporting slide presentation on the Internet at www.rockwellcollins.com.  Listeners are encouraged to go to the Investor Relations portion of the web site at least 15 minutes prior to the call to download and install any necessary software. The call will be available for replay on the Internet at www.rockwellcollins.com.

Business Highlights

Rockwell Collins expands airport passenger processing offering with acquisition of Pulse.Aero

Rockwell Collins acquired Pulse.Aero Limited, a UK-based company specializing in self-service bag drop solutions and airline applications, to enhance the company’s passenger processing services for airports and airlines.  This acquisition further expands Rockwell Collins’ Information Management Services strategy to enable the connected aviation ecosystem.

Rockwell Collins successfully completed qualification testing as part of the HMS Manpack radio contract

Rockwell Collins successfully completed qualification testing as part of the U.S. Army’s Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit program.

China Eastern Airlines selected Rockwell Collins’ PAVES™ On-demand IFE, MultiScan™ ThreatTrack radar and MMR for several hundred aircraft

Rockwell Collins’ PAVE On-demand in-flight entertainment system will be installed on 30 Next-Generation Boeing 737 and 60 737 MAX aircraft. Additionally, various avionics systems will be featured on 15 Airbus A330, 70 A320neo, 50 Next-Generation Boeing 737 and 60 737 MAX aircraft based on aircraft configuration, such as MultiScan ThreatTrack weather radar, GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver and Head-up Guidance System.

Defense Information System Agency/Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization awards flight services contract to Rockwell Collins

The Defense Information System Agency /Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization awarded a Data Link Service Provider (DSP) contract to Rockwell Collins. The DSP contract, with options, represents a potential five year agreement for the provision of Command and Control communications, broadband cabin services, global flight planning and flight deck safety services.

Data Link Solutions to Strengthen F-16 Tactical Communications for U.S. Foreign Military Sales Requirements

Data Link Solutions (DLS), a joint venture between Rockwell Collins and BAE Systems, will provide improved tactical Link 16 communication capabilities for the F-16 fleet of Foreign Military Sales customers. The U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command has awarded DLS an $11.7 million contract for the production of Multifunctional Information Distribution System - Low Volume Terminals (MIDS-LVTs) for the F-16 Link 16 program and the option of $7.7 million for additional MIDS-LVT terminals.

Rockwell Collins to modernize Chilean Navy P-3 Orion avionics

Rockwell Collins’ Flight2™ integrated avionics system was selected by IMP Aerospace for the Chilean Navy’s cockpit modernization program for its P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

Rockwell Collins’ modification services selected for B-52 Training System

Rockwell Collins, as subcontractor to Aviation Training Consulting (ATC), will assist ATC in providing training systems modifications to the B-52 Training System. The contract runs through 2024 and will ensure the Air Force’s ability to maintain crew readiness for its bomber strike force.

Rockwell Collins awarded $27 million to activate U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon radio components depot capability

Rockwell Collins was awarded $27 million to activate a depot capability for the U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft HF-121C and miscellaneous radio components. Under contract through 2020, establishing this depot capability creates military jobs, reduces the repair pipeline and improves availability of aircraft.

Rockwell Collins was selected to support cockpit equipment for U.S. Army CH-47F

Rockwell Collins won a follow-on service and support contract for its Common Avionics Architecture System on the U.S. Army’s CH-47F helicopter fleet. The contract covers up to 1,910 units by 2021.

Rockwell Collins signs agreement with Japan’s Nippon Automated Cargo and Port Consolidated System, Inc. to enhance border security

Rockwell Collins announced a strategic agreement with Nippon Automated Cargo and Port Consolidated System, Inc. (NACCS Center) to help secure Japan’s borders using the company’s ARINC Border Management solution.

Rockwell Collins won a new contract for common use check-in platform at John F. Kennedy International Airport

Rockwell Collins has been awarded a contract by International Airlines Group to replace the current check-in technology in Terminal 7 at John F. Kennedy International Airport with the Company’s common use passenger processing platform.

Mandalay International Airport selected Rockwell Collins to improve passenger processing

Mandalay International Airport passengers will realize an enhanced check-in experience with the implementation of a new passenger processing system from Rockwell Collins. Rockwell Collins is providing its ARINC vMUSE Common Use Passenger Processing System solutions at the airport, the second largest in Myanmar.

Rockwell Collins awarded $67 million contract to complete subsystem development for Navy’s next generation precision landing system

Rockwell Collins received a $67 million, six-year contract from Raytheon Company in support of the U.S. Navy and Naval Air Systems Command to complete the subsystem development required for production of its next generation Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS). Rockwell Collins is a major supplier to the JPALS program and is designing, developing, testing and producing the subsystems for navigation and communication. The company is also providing significant systems engineering support, as well as integrated logistics.

Rockwell Collins HG and EVS certified on Legacy 450/500

Rockwell Collins' HG-3500, the industry’s first Head-up Guidance System (HG) developed for mid-size and light business aircraft and multi-spectral EVS-3000 enhanced vision system have been certified for the Embraer Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 executive jets-the first certification for both technologies. The systems bring revolutionary flight deck technology to the business aviation market segment that enhance pilot situational awareness and increase safety.

Rockwell Collins selected by U.S. Army to repair U.S. UH-60 displays units by 2020

The U.S. Army selected Rockwell Collins to service the MFD-268C4 multi-function display units for its UH-60M Black Hawk fleet under a five-year firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract.

 

About Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, simulation and training and information management services is delivered by a global workforce, and a service and support network that crosses more than 150 countries. To find out more, please visit www.rockwellcollins.com.

 

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains statements, including statements regarding certain projections, business trends, and the proposed acquisition of B/E Aerospace that are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to the financial condition of our customers and suppliers, including bankruptcies; the health of the global economy, including potential deterioration in economic and financial market conditions; adjustments to the commercial OEM production rates and the aftermarket; the impacts of natural disasters and pandemics, including operational disruption, potential supply shortages and other economic impacts; cybersecurity threats, including the potential misappropriation of assets or sensitive information, corruption of data or operational disruption; delays related to the award of domestic and international contracts; delays in customer programs, including new aircraft programs entering service later than anticipated; the continued support for military transformation and modernization programs; potential impact of volatility in oil prices, currency exchange rates or interest rates on the commercial aerospace industry or our business; the impact of terrorist events on the commercial aerospace industry; changes in domestic and foreign government spending, budgetary, procurement and trade policies adverse to our businesses; market acceptance of our new and existing technologies, products and services; reliability of and customer satisfaction with our products and services; potential unavailability of our mission-critical data and voice communication networks; unfavorable outcomes on or potential cancellation or restructuring of contracts, orders or program priorities by our customers; recruitment and retention of qualified personnel; regulatory restrictions on air travel due to environmental concerns; effective negotiation of collective bargaining agreements by us, our customers, and our suppliers; performance of our customers and subcontractors; risks inherent in development and fixed-price contracts, particularly the risk of cost overruns; risk of significant reduction to air travel or aircraft capacity beyond our forecasts; our ability to execute to internal performance plans such as restructuring activities, productivity and quality improvements and cost reduction initiatives; achievement of ARINC integration and synergy plans as well as our other acquisition and related integration plans; continuing to maintain our planned effective tax rates; our ability to develop contract compliant systems and products on schedule and within anticipated cost estimates; risk of fines and penalties related to noncompliance with laws and regulations including compliance requirements associated with U.S. Government work, export control and environmental regulations; risk of asset impairments; our ability to win new business and convert those orders to sales within the fiscal year in accordance with our annual operating plan; the uncertainties of the outcome of lawsuits, claims and legal proceedings; risk that one or more closing conditions to the acquisition of B/E Aerospace, including certain regulatory approvals, may not be satisfied or waived, on a timely basis or otherwise, including that a governmental entity may prohibit, delay or refuse to grant approval for the consummation of the proposed transaction, may require conditions, limitations or restrictions in connection with such approvals or that the required approval by the shareholders of each of B/E Aerospace and Rockwell Collins may not be obtained; risk of unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the proposed acquisition of B/E Aerospace; uncertainty of the expected financial performance of the combined company following completion of the proposed acquisition of B/E Aerospace; failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the proposed acquisition of B/E Aerospace, including as a result of delay in completing the proposed transaction or integrating the businesses of Rockwell Collins and B/E Aerospace; risk to the ability of the combined company to implement its business strategy; risk of an occurrence of any event that could give rise to termination of the merger agreement; risk that stockholder litigation in connection with the proposed transaction may affect the timing or occurrence of the contemplated merger or result in significant costs of defense, indemnification and liability as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed herein and from time to time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof and the company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

No Offer or Solicitation

This communication is for informational purposes only and is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to subscribe for, buy or sell, the solicitation of an offer to subscribe for, buy or sell or an invitation to subscribe for, buy or sell any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to or in connection with the proposed transaction or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and otherwise in accordance with applicable law.

 

Additional Information and Where to Find it

In connection with the proposed transaction, Rockwell Collins has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 (SEC File No. 333-214774) that includes a preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus of Rockwell Collins and B/E Aerospace and other documents related to the proposed transaction. These materials are not yet final and will be amended. The registration statement has not been declared effective by the SEC. After the registration statement is declared effective by the SEC, Rockwell Collins and B/E Aerospace will each file with the SEC a definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus and other documents with respect to the proposed transaction and a definitive joint proxy statement/prospectus will be mailed to stockholders of Rockwell Collins and B/E Aerospace. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED BY ROCKWELL COLLINS OR B/E AEROSPACE WITH THE SEC BECAUSE THESE DOCUMENTS WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of these documents (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by Rockwell Collins and/or B/E Aerospace through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Investors and security holders will also be able to obtain free copies of the documents filed by Rockwell Collins with the SEC on Rockwell Collins’ internet website at http://www.rockwellcollins.com or by contacting Rockwell Collins’ Investor Relations at Rockwell Collins, 400 Collins Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52498 or by calling (319) 295-7575. Investors and security holders will also be able to obtain free copies of the documents filed by B/E Aerospace with the SEC on B/E Aerospace’s internet website at http://www.beaerospace.com or by contacting B/E Aerospace’s Investor Relations at B/E Aerospace, Inc., 1400 Corporate Center Way, Wellington, FL or by calling (561) 791-5000.

Participants in the Solicitation

Rockwell Collins, B/E Aerospace, their respective directors, executive officers and other members of its management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. Information regarding the directors and executive officers of Rockwell Collins is contained in Rockwell Collins’ proxy statement for its 2017 annual meeting of stockholders, filed with the SEC on December 15, 2016, and Rockwell Collins’ Current Report on Form 8-K, filed with the SEC on Jan. 10, 2017. Information regarding the directors and executive officers of B/E Aerospace is contained in B/E Aerospace’s proxy statement for its 2016 annual meeting of stockholders, filed with the SEC on April 28, 2016. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Other information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the solicitation of the stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction, including a description of their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is set forth in the preliminary joint proxy statement/prospectus filed with the SEC.

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