AeroVironment Announces Fiscal 2022 Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Results

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ARLINGTON, Va., June 28, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended April 30, 2022.

Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Highlights

  • Fourth quarter revenue of $132.6 million and record fiscal year 2022 revenues of $445.7 million, primarily due to higher service revenue and recent acquisitions, which more than offset sales declines in some product segments

  • Fourth quarter gross margin of $48.6 million and $141.2 million for fiscal 2022

  • Fourth quarter net income attributable to AeroVironment of $7.3 million, or $0.29 per diluted share

  • Net loss attributable to AeroVironment for fiscal year 2022 of $4.2 million, or $(0.17) per diluted share

"Our team executed well in the fourth quarter enabling the Company to meet our guidance for fiscal 2022, despite ongoing macroeconomic challenges," said Wahid Nawabi, AeroVironment president and chief executive officer. "We are confident that fiscal 2023 will be a solid organic growth year for the business.

"During the quarter, the Company continued to face supply chain constraints and a tight labor market, but several factors point to strengthening demand and an overall improving outlook. First, the federal government passed its fiscal 2022 omnibus appropriations bill in March, and contract decision-making has begun to accelerate – which, we believe, will continue through the end of September. At the same time, the war in Ukraine has brought increased awareness of our portfolio of innovative solutions, including the highly relevant Switchblade tactical missile system, and we anticipate benefiting from higher order volume going forward.

"We’re proud of our accomplishments in this difficult year and of the assistance we’ve provided to Ukraine and our allies. We still face continuing macroeconomic challenges in operating the business but opportunities abound for our broad portfolio of unmanned robotic solutions. Our products and services enjoy strong bipartisan support in Congress, and we anticipate orders accelerating heading into calendar 2023. An improving mix of hardware sales should also lead to improved bottom line results. Overall, the future looks bright and I’d like to thank our employees, customers and shareholders for their dedication and continued support."

FISCAL 2022 FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS

Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 was $132.6 million, a decrease of 2% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 revenue of $136.0 million. The decrease in revenue reflects a decrease in product sales of $22.7 million, partially offset by higher service revenue of $19.3 million. The decrease in revenue was primarily due to a decrease in revenue in the Tactical Missile Systems ("TMS") segment of $19.0 million and the Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems ("Small UAS") segment of $11.7 million. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in revenue from the Unmanned Ground Vehicles product line of $8.5 million and the Medium Unmanned Aircraft Systems ("MUAS") segment of $7.2 million, as a result of our acquisitions of Arcturus UAV ("Arcturus") and Telerob GmbH ("Telerob") in February and May 2021, respectively, and an increase in the High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite ("HAPS") segment of $6.0 million and an increase in customer-funded research and development revenue of $5.5 million.

Gross margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 was $48.6 million, a decrease of 18% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 gross margin of $59.7 million. The decrease in gross margin reflects lower product margin of $14.8 million, partially offset by higher service margin of $3.8 million. As a percentage of revenue, gross margin decreased to 37% from 44%. Gross margin was negatively impacted by $3.9 million of intangible amortization expense and other related non-cash purchase accounting expenses in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 as compared to $2.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. With the acquisitions of Arcturus and the Intelligent Systems Group of Progeny Systems Corp. ("ISG"), we experienced a higher proportion of service revenue, which generally has lower gross margins than product sales.

Income from operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 was $13.0 million, a decrease of $4.8 million from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 income from operations of $17.8 million. The decrease in income from operations was primarily the result of a decrease in gross margin of $11.0 million, partially offset by a decrease in research and development ("R&D") expense of $3.4 million and a decrease in selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expense of $2.9 million. SG&A expense included acquisition-related expenses and intangible amortization expense of $4.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 as compared to $6.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. SG&A expense in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 also included additional headcount and support costs associated with the acquisition of Telerob.

Other income, net, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 was $5.3 million, as compared to other expense, net of $9.4 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. The increase in other income, net was primarily due to a legal accrual related to our former EES business recorded in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, as compared to a $6.5 million gain related to the sale of the Company’s interest in the HAPSMobile joint venture in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022.

Provision for income taxes for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 was $15.5 million, as compared to a benefit from income taxes of $2.2 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. The increase in provision for income taxes was primarily due to the increase in income before income taxes.

Equity method investment income, net of tax, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 was $4.4 million, as compared to equity method investment income, net of tax of $0.4 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021.

Net income attributable to AeroVironment for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022 was $7.3 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, as compared to $10.9 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021.

Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share was $0.30 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, as compared to $1.04 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021.

BACKLOG

As of April 30, 2022, funded backlog (defined as remaining performance obligations under firm orders for which funding is currently appropriated to us under a customer contract) was $210.8 million, as compared to $211.8 million as of April 30, 2021.

FISCAL 2023 — OUTLOOK FOR THE FULL YEAR

For the fiscal year 2023, the Company expects revenue of between $490 million and $520 million, net income of between $11 million and $18 million, Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA of between $82 million and $92 million, earnings per diluted share of between $0.42 and $0.72 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, which excludes amortization of intangible assets, of between $1.35 and $1.65.

The foregoing estimates are forward-looking and reflect management’s view of current and future market conditions, subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and including certain assumptions with respect to our ability to efficiently and on a timely basis integrate our acquisitions, 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, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at 4:30 pm Eastern Time that will be webcast live. Wahid Nawabi, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Kevin P. McDonnell, chief financial officer and Jonah Teeter-Balin, senior director corporate development and investor relations, will host the call.

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 1238926 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 fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2022 can be accessed at https://investor.avinc.com/events-and-presentations.

Audio Replay

An audio replay of the event will be archived on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://investor.avinc.com.

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. Headquartered in Virginia, AeroVironment is a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, and serves defense, government and commercial customers. For more information, visit www.avinc.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, any statement that may predict, forecast, indicate or imply future results, performance or achievements, and may contain words such as "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "estimate," "intend," "project," "plan," or words or phrases with similar meaning. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, economic, competitive, governmental and technological factors outside of our control, that may cause our business, strategy or actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the impact of our recent acquisitions of Arcturus UAV, Telerob and ISG and our ability to successfully integrate them into our operations; the risk that disruptions will occur from the transactions that will harm our business; any disruptions or threatened disruptions to our relationships with our distributors, suppliers, customers and employees, including shortages in components for our products; the ability to timely and sufficiently integrate international operations into our ongoing business and compliance programs; reliance on sales to the U.S. government and related to our development of HAPS UAS; 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 or the risk of unauthorized access to our, our customers’ and/or our suppliers’ information and systems; changes in the supply and/or demand and/or prices for our products and services; increased competition; uncertainty in the customer adoption rate of commercial use unmanned aircraft systems; failure to remain a market innovator, to create new market opportunities or to expand into new markets; unexpected changes in significant operating expenses, including components and raw materials; failure to develop new products or integrate new technology into current products; unfavorable results in legal proceedings; our ability to respond and adapt to unexpected legal, regulatory and government budgetary changes, including those resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, such as supply chain disruptions, vaccine mandates, the threat of future variants and potential governmentally-mandated shutdowns, quarantine policies, travel restrictions and social distancing, curtailment of trade, diversion of government resources to non-defense priorities, and other business restrictions affecting our ability to manufacture and sell our products and provide our services; our ability to comply with the covenants in our loan documents; our ability to attract and retain skilled employees; the impact of inflation; and general economic and business conditions in the United States and elsewhere in the world; and the failure to establish and maintain effective internal control over financial reporting. 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.

NON-GAAP MEASURES

In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this earnings release also contains non-GAAP financial measures. See in the financial tables below the calculation of these measures, the reasons why we believe these measures provide useful information to investors, and a reconciliation of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

AeroVironment, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

(In thousands except share and per share data)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

April 30,

April 30,

April 30,

April 30,

2022

2021

2022

2021

Revenue:

Product sales

$

73,970

$

96,655

$

240,683

$

278,888

Contract services

58,652

39,360

205,049

116,024

132,622

136,015

445,732

394,912

Cost of sales:

Product sales

39,775

47,675

140,596

149,714

Contract services

44,225

28,685

163,900

80,640

84,000

76,360

304,496

230,354

Gross margin:

Product sales

34,195

48,980

100,087

129,174

Contract services

14,427

10,675

41,149

35,384

48,622

59,655

141,236

164,558

Selling, general and administrative

21,938

24,841

96,434

67,481

Research and development

13,671

17,054

54,689

53,764

Income (loss) from continuing operations

13,013

17,760

(9,887

)

43,313

Other (loss) income:

Interest expense, net

(1,276

)

(1,035

)

(5,440

)

(618

)

Other income (expense), net

47

(8,398

)

(10,313

)

(8,330

)

Sale of ownership in HAPSMobile Inc. joint venture

6,497

6,497

-

Income (loss) continuing operations before income taxes

18,281

8,327

(19,143

)

34,365

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

15,495

(2,235

)

(10,369

)

539

Equity method investment income (loss), net of tax

4,426

410

4,589

(10,481

)

Net income (loss)

7,212

10,972

(4,185

)

23,345

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

46

(26

)

(3

)

(14

)

Net income (loss) attributable to AeroVironment, Inc.

$

7,258

$

10,946

$

(4,188

)

$

23,331

Net income (loss) per share attributable to AeroVironment, Inc.

Basic

$

0.29

$

0.45

$

(0.17

)

$

0.97

Diluted

$

0.29

$

0.44

$

(0.17

)

$

0.96

Weighted-average shares outstanding:

Basic

24,768,901

24,434,344

24,685,534

24,049,851

Diluted

24,936,176

24,779,877

24,685,534

24,362,656

AeroVironment, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands except share data)

April 30,

2022

2021

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

77,231

$

148,741

Short-term investments

24,716

31,971

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $592 at April 30, 2022 and $595 at April 30, 2021

60,170

62,647

Unbilled receivables and retentions

104,194

71,632

Inventories

90,629

71,646

Income taxes receivable

442

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

11,527

15,001

Total current assets

368,909

401,638

Long-term investments

15,433

12,156

Property and equipment, net

62,296

58,896

Operating lease right-of-use assets

26,769

22,902

Deferred income taxes

7,290

2,061

Intangibles, net

97,224

106,268

Goodwill

334,347

314,205

Other assets

1,932

10,440

Total assets

$

914,200

$

928,566

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

19,244

$

24,841

Wages and related accruals

25,398

28,068

Customer advances

8,968

7,183

Current portion of long-term debt

10,000

10,000

Current operating lease liabilities

6,819

6,154

Income taxes payable

759

861

Other current liabilities

30,203

19,078

Total current liabilities

101,391

96,185

Long-term debt, net of current portion

177,840

187,512

Non-current operating lease liabilities

21,915

19,103

Other non-current liabilities

768

10,141

Liability for uncertain tax positions

1,450

3,518

Deferred income taxes

2,626

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders’ equity:

Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value:

Authorized shares—10,000,000; none issued or outstanding at April 30, 2022 and April 30, 2021

Common stock, $0.0001 par value:

Authorized shares—100,000,000

Issued and outstanding shares—24,951,287 shares at April 30, 2022 and 24,777,295 shares at April 30, 2021

2

2

Additional paid-in capital

267,248

260,327

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

(6,514

)

343

Retained earnings

347,233

351,421

Total AeroVironment, Inc. stockholders’ equity

607,969

612,093

Noncontrolling interest

241

14

Total equity

608,210

612,107

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

914,200

$

928,566

AeroVironment, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

(In thousands)

Year Ended April 30,

2022

2021

2020

Operating activities

Net (loss) income

$

(4,185

)

$

23,345

$

41,070

Loss on sale of business, net of tax

265

Net (loss) income from continuing operations

(4,185

)

23,345

41,335

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income from continuing operations to cash (used in) provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

60,825

19,262

9,888

(Income) loss from equity method investments, net

(5,889

)

10,481

5,487

Amortization of debt issuance costs

789

145

Realized gain from sale of available-for-sale investments

(11

)

(180

)

Provision for doubtful accounts

(6

)

(114

)

388

Other non-cash expense (income)

649

(449

)

(703

)

Non-cash lease expense

6,814

5,150

4,574

Loss on foreign currency transactions

233

1

1

Deferred income taxes

(7,282

)

(1,694

)

3,419

Stock-based compensation

5,390

6,932

6,227

Loss (gain) on disposal of property and equipment

8,277

123

(71

)

Amortization of debt securities

242

309

(1,423

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:

Accounts receivable

3,084

17,177

(42,869

)

Unbilled receivables and retentions

(31,883

)

8,381

(22,790

)

Inventories

(27,160

)

(5,179

)

8,855

Income taxes receivable

(442

)

821

Prepaid expenses and other assets

(4,534

)

(6,104

)

831

Accounts payable

(7,044

)

2,565

3,127

Other liabilities

(7,496

)

6,212

8,180

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

(9,618

)

86,532

25,097

Investing activities

Acquisition of property and equipment

(22,289

)

(11,263

)

(11,220

)

Equity method investments

(6,884

)

(2,675

)

(14,498

)

Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(46,150

)

(385,614

)

(18,641

)

Proceeds from sale of ownership in equity method investment

6,497

Proceeds from loan repayment

4,345

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

81

Redemptions of held-to-maturity investments

185,917

Purchases of held-to-maturity investments

...