Moog Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

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EAST AURORA, N.Y., Nov. 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Moog Inc. (NYSE:MOG.A) (NYSE:MOG.B) announced today financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2017.

Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Diluted earnings per share of $1.07, up 16% from a year ago
  • Sales of $649 million, up 5%
  • Operating margins of 10.7%
  • Tax rate of 20.8%
  • $48 million cash flow from operating activities.

Full-Year 2017 Highlights

  • Earnings per share of $3.90, up 12%;
  • Sales of $2.50 billion, up 4%;
  • Operating margins of 10.0%;
  • Tax rate of 22.7%;
  • $218 million cash flow from operating activities, continuing the strong pattern of recent years.

Segment Results

Total Aircraft Controls segment sales in the quarter were $284 million, up 7% year over year. Commercial aircraft revenues increased 13%, to $156 million. Sales of OEM products to Airbus increased 11%. Boeing OEM product sales were 7% higher, at $69 million, driven by strong 787 sales. Commercial aftermarket sales increased 14%, to $32 million.

Military aircraft sales in the quarter were $128 million, marginally higher than a year ago. Military OEM sales were 8% higher, at $83 million, due to F-35 production and funded military development programs. Military aftermarket sales were down 10%, with slower activity seen on several platforms, particularly on the V-22.

Full-year Aircraft Controls sales were $1.1 billion, up 6%. Commercial aircraft sales were 9% higher, at $603 million. Airbus OEM sales, at $155 million, were 33% higher on the A350 ramp. Boeing OEM sales were mostly unchanged, at $253 million, with 787 sales increases offsetting sales decreases in other Boeing legacy programs. Commercial aftermarket sales were up 5%.

Military aircraft sales for the year were $522 million, up 2%. Growth in funded development programs and an 18% increase in F-35 production sales, to $107 million, offset lower sales on foreign platforms. Military aftermarket sales of $183 million were 8% lower, attributed in-part to the C-5 upgrade and F-35 depot stand-up effort completed last year.

In the quarter, Space and Defense segment sales were $101 million, up 4% year over year. Defense sales were 17% higher on strong sales into military vehicle applications. Space sales were off 9%, due to the divestitures completed during the year. Excluding the effect of the divestitures, organic space sales were up 4% in the quarter on increased sales of satellite avionics products.

Space and Defense sales for the year were $394 million, up 8%. Defense sales were up 15%, to $211 million, and space sales were flat, at $183 million. The results for the year were driven by the same factors as the quarterly results.

Industrial System segment sales in the quarter were $127 million, down 3% from a year ago but up 4% from Q3. Lower sales of energy and industrial automation products were offset by a 14% increase in simulation and test sales.

Full-year Industrial System sales were $477 million, down 7%, attributed to lower wind energy product sales in Brazil and Europe and lower industrial automation sales. The decline was partially offset by a 3% sales increase in simulation and test products.

Components segment sales in the quarter were $137 million, a 10% increase year over year. Industrial sales for specialty markets were up 20%, at $37 million, helped by the acquisition of Rotary Transfer Systems. Higher medical sales, at $52 million, and aerospace and defense sales, at $48 million, also contributed.

For the year, Components sales were $501 million, up 7%, with higher sales seen across all major markets. Medical pumps and associated products were up 8%. The acquisition of Rotary Transfer Systems contributed significantly to a 12% increase in industrial sales.

Consolidated year-end 12-month backlog was $1.2 billion.

Fiscal 2018 Outlook

The Company provided its initial projections for fiscal 2018.

  • Forecast sales of $2.62 billion, up 5%;
  • Forecast earnings per share of $4.10, plus or minus $0.20, up 5%;
  • Forecast full year operating margins of 11.0%, up 100 basis points;
  • Forecast cash flow from operations of $230 million, up 6%;
  • Forecast tax rate increase to a more normal 31.0%.

The Company also announced that starting in FY’18, segment reporting will change to three segments, Aircraft Controls, Space and Defense Controls and Industrial Systems. The Components segment will be reorganized with A&D products moving to the Space and Defense segment and industrial and medical products moving to the Industrial Systems segment. The change is being made to improve service to customers, leverage capabilities within the markets served and simplify reporting.

“Q4 was a good quarter financially with sales up 5% and operating margins at their highest for the year,” said John Scannell, Chairman and CEO. “Our FY ’17 EPS, at $3.90, was $0.15 ahead of what we projected 90 days ago. After several years of restructuring and cost-cutting, our business is turning up and our focus has shifted to growth. We’re looking to see growth and related margin expansion trends continue in FY ’18.”

In conjunction with today’s release, Moog will host a conference call beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET, which will be broadcast live over the Internet. John Scannell, Chairman and CEO, and Don Fishback, CFO, will host the call. Listeners can access the call live or in replay mode at Supplemental financial data will be available on the webcast web page 90 minutes prior to the conference call.

Moog Inc. is a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision control components and systems. Moog’s high-performance systems control military and commercial aircraft, satellites and space vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, automated industrial machinery, wind energy, marine and medical equipment. Additional information about the company can be found at

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  • the markets we serve are cyclical and sensitive to domestic and foreign economic conditions and events, which may cause our operating results to fluctuate;
  • we operate in highly competitive markets with competitors who may have greater resources than we possess;
  • we depend heavily on government contracts that may not be fully funded or may be terminated, and the failure to receive funding or the termination of one or more of these contracts could reduce our sales and increase our costs;
  • we make estimates in accounting for long-term contracts, and changes in these estimates may have significant impacts on our earnings;
  • we enter into fixed-price contracts, which could subject us to losses if we have cost overruns;
  • we may not realize the full amounts reflected in our backlog as revenue, which could adversely affect our future revenue and growth prospects;
  • if our subcontractors or suppliers fail to perform their contractual obligations, our prime contract performance and our ability to obtain future business could be materially and adversely impacted;
  • contracting on government programs is subject to significant regulation, including rules related to bidding, billing and accounting kickbacks and false claims, and any non-compliance could subject us to fines and penalties or possible debarment;
  • the loss of The Boeing Company as a customer or a significant reduction in sales to The Boeing Company could adversely impact our operating results;
  • our new product research and development efforts may not be successful which could reduce our sales and earnings;
  • our inability to adequately enforce and protect our intellectual property or defend against assertions of infringement could prevent or restrict our ability to compete;
  • our business operations may be adversely affected by information systems interruptions, intrusions or new software implementations;
  • our indebtedness and restrictive covenants under our credit facilities could limit our operational and financial flexibility;
  • significant changes in discount rates, rates of return on pension assets, mortality tables and other factors could adversely affect our earnings and equity and increase our pension funding requirements;
  • a write-off of all or part of our goodwill or other intangible assets could adversely affect our operating results and net worth;
  • our sales and earnings may be affected if we cannot identify, acquire or integrate strategic acquisitions, or if we engage in divesting activities;
  • our operations in foreign countries expose us to political and currency risks and adverse changes in local legal and regulatory environments;
  • unforeseen exposure to additional income tax liabilities may affect our operating results;
  • government regulations could limit our ability to sell our products outside the United States and otherwise adversely affect our business;
  • governmental regulations and customer demands related to conflict minerals may adversely impact our operating results;
  • the failure or misuse of our products may damage our reputation, necessitate a product recall or result in claims against us that exceed our insurance coverage, thereby requiring us to pay significant damages;
  • future terror attacks, war, natural disasters or other catastrophic events beyond our control could negatively impact our business;
  • our operations are subject to environmental laws, and complying with those laws may cause us to incur significant costs; and
  • we are involved in various legal proceedings, the outcome of which may be unfavorable to us.


These factors are not exhaustive. New factors, risks and uncertainties may emerge from time to time that may affect the forward-looking statements made herein. Given these factors, risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as predictive of future results. We disclaim any obligation to update the forward-looking statements made in this report.

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