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Curtiss-Wright Reports First Quarter 2009 Financial Results; Updates Full Year Guidance

PARSIPPANY, N.J., April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) today reports financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009. The highlights are as follows:

  • Net sales for the first quarter of 2009 decreased 2% to $424 million from $433 million in the first quarter of 2008.
     
  • Operating income in the first quarter of 2009 decreased 24% to $31 million from $41 million in the first quarter of 2008.
     
  • Net earnings for the first quarter of 2009 decreased 27% to $16 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, from $22 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2008.
     
  • New orders received in the first quarter of 2009 were $457 million, up 1% as compared to the first quarter of 2008.
     
  • At March 31, 2009, our backlog was $1.71 billion, up 2% from December 31, 2008.

"As projected, the global economic recession had a negative impact on our first quarter results. In particular, a slowdown in the general industrial, oil and gas, and commercial aerospace markets was driven by lower investment spending, tighter credit restrictions and our customers' working down their inventory levels, all of which resulted in new orders shifting to later in the year," commented Martin R. Benante, Chairman and CEO of Curtiss-Wright Corporation. "Despite a challenging first quarter, we experienced increased demand in some of our key markets, most notably commercial power, naval and ground defense, which grew organically by 33%, 18% and 11%, respectively."

"Our organic operating income performance in the first quarter of 2009 was lower by 19% as compared to the prior year quarter due to the significant under absorption of overhead costs resulting from a dramatic decline in sales in certain commercial markets, as well as business restructuring costs."

Sales

Sales of $424 million decreased 2% in the first quarter of 2009 as compared to the prior year period. Organic sales were lower by 4%, while incremental sales, primarily from our 2008 and 2009 acquisitions, contributed $8 million in the quarter. Organic sales in our Flow Control segment grew 3%, while our Metal Treatment and Motion Control segments declined 23% and 7%, respectively, as compared to the prior year period.

From a market perspective, we experienced lower organic sales to the general industrial market, primarily automotive, as well as lower sales to the commercial aerospace and oil and gas markets, which were partially offset by higher sales to the commercial power and defense markets. In addition, foreign currency translation negatively impacted sales in the first quarter of 2009 by $15 million as compared to the prior year.

Operating Income

Operating income of $31 million decreased 24% in the first quarter of 2009 as compared to the prior year. Organic operating income declined 19% in the first quarter of 2009, while incremental operating income, primarily from our 2008 and 2009 acquisitions, was negative $2 million. Organic operating income in our Metal Treatment segment declined 50% from the first quarter of 2008 mainly due to under absorption of overhead costs resulting from significantly lower volumes. Our Flow Control segment also experienced lower organic operating income driven by under absorption of overhead costs due to lower sales volumes in certain commercial markets, and business restructuring costs. These declines were partially offset by an increase in our Motion Control segment which benefited by $5.4 million from favorable foreign currency translation in the first quarter of 2009 as compared to the prior year period. Excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, organic operating income in our Motion Control segment was lower due to under absorption of overhead costs due to lower volumes and business restructuring costs. Foreign currency translation favorably impacted consolidated operating income and operating margin by $5.3 million and 140 basis points, respectively, in the first quarter of 2009.

Our segment operating margin was 140 basis points lower in the first quarter of 2009 as compared to the prior year period. The lower segment operating margin was mainly driven by significantly lower volumes and resultant under absorption of costs and business restructuring costs mentioned above. Non-segment operating expense increased over the prior year due to higher foreign exchange transaction losses and higher pension costs.

Net Earnings

Net earnings for the first quarter of 2009 decreased 27% from the comparable prior year period. The lower net earnings were due to the decline in operating income and a slightly higher effective tax rate, partially offset by lower interest expense. Our effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2009 was 35.5% versus 35.2% for the first quarter of 2008. Lower interest expense for the first quarter of 2009 was mainly due to lower average interest rates partially offset by higher average debt levels resulting primarily from our 2008 and 2009 acquisitions, as compared to the prior year period.

Cash Flow

Our free cash flow, defined as cash flow from operations less capital expenditures, was a negative $50 million for the first quarter of 2009 as compared to a negative $42 million in the prior year period. Net cash used by operating activities was a negative $33 million in the first quarter of 2009 versus a negative $19 million for the comparable prior year period. The decrease is mainly due to a higher reduction in accounts payable primarily due to timing of payments and lower earnings. These decreases were partially offset by a higher reduction in accounts receivable resulting from improved cash collections and a lower increase in inventories versus the prior year period. Capital expenditures were $17 million in the first quarter of 2009 versus $24 million in the comparable prior year period. The AP1000 program accounted for the majority of the decrease as our facility expansion is nearing completion.

Segment Performance

Flow Control - Sales for the first quarter of 2009 were $230 million, an increase of 5% over the comparable prior year period. The sales improvement was due to solid organic growth of 3% and the contribution of our 2009 acquisitions, which provided $3 million in incremental sales in the first quarter of 2009. The organic sales growth was driven by higher sales to the commercial power and naval defense markets, partially offset by declines in the oil and gas and general industrial markets as compared to the prior year period. The higher sales to the commercial power market were due to both higher plant outages, as well as higher sales of our reactor coolant pumps for the AP1000 nuclear reactors for China and the United States. The increase in the naval defense market was driven by higher sales of our embedded computing products for the submarine program. The decrease in the oil and gas market was due to a delay in timing of new order placement while our general industrial market experienced lower sales resulting from depressed economic conditions. Sales of this segment were negatively affected by foreign currency translation of $4 million in the first quarter of 2009 as compared to the prior year period.

Operating income for this segment was $13 million, a decrease of 6% from the same period last year. Our 2009 acquisitions contributed $2 million of incremental operating income in the first quarter of 2009. This segment's organic operating income and operating margin declined by 18% and 130 basis points, respectively, compared to the prior year period mainly due to the under absorption of overhead costs due to the significant reduction in sales volume in our oil and gas and general industrial markets, and business restructuring costs. Operating income of this segment was favorably affected by foreign currency translation of $1.6 million in the first quarter of 2009 compared to the prior year.

Motion Control - Sales for the first quarter of 2009 were $141 million, a decrease of 3% as compared to the prior year period. This decrease was driven by an organic sales decrease of 7% and the divestiture of our commercial overhaul and repair business in 2008. Our 2008 acquisitions of VMetro and Mechetronics added $10 million of incremental sales for the first quarter of 2009. The organic sales decrease was driven primarily by unfavorable foreign currency translation amounting to $5 million in the first quarter of 2009. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, our organic sales were lower by 3% mainly as a result of lower sales to the commercial aerospace market due to inventory balancing adjustments at our customers and delays resulting from the 2008 Boeing strike that carried forward into 2009. In addition, the general industrial market was down due to slower demand for our sensor and controller products due to depressed economic conditions. These decreases were partially offset by higher sales of our embedded computing products on light armored vehicle in the ground defense market and higher sales to the aerospace defense market on various U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army programs, such as the F-16 Falcon, F-22 Raptor, and various helicopter programs.

Operating income for this segment increased 4% for the first quarter of 2009 over the comparable prior year period. Incremental operating income was a negative $3 million in the first quarter of 2009, partially due to amortization expense, which generally runs higher in the early period of ownership. The organic operating income growth was mainly due to favorable foreign currency translation, which contributed $5.4 million in the first quarter of 2009. Excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, our organic operating margin was down 60 basis points due to the delays in commercial aerospace programs and business restructuring costs.

Metal Treatment - Sales for the first quarter of 2009 were $53 million, a decrease of 22% as compared to the prior year period, nearly all of which was organic. The weak global economic environment resulted in a reduction in demand across most of our primary service offerings, the largest of which being shot peening, due primarily to lower sales to the general industrial market, particularly automotive. Sales of this segment were unfavorably affected by foreign currency translation of $6 million in the first quarter of 2009 compared to the prior year period.

Operating income decreased 50% for the first quarter of 2009 as compared to the prior year period, primarily as a result of the significantly lower sales volume which resulted in under absorption of fixed overhead costs. Operating income of this segment was negatively affected by foreign currency translation of $1.3 million in the first quarter of 2009 compared to the prior year period.

Updated Full Year 2009 Guidance

The Company is making the following adjustment to its full year 2009 financial guidance as follows:

    - Total Sales                         $1.87 - $1.91 billion (previously $1.89 - $1.93 billion)

    - Effective Tax  Rate               35.5% (previously 36.0%)

    - Operating Income               $209 - $216 million (previously $210 - $217 million)

The Company is reconfirming its previous full year 2009 financial guidance as follows:

    - Diluted Earnings Per Share          $2.48 - $2.58

    - Diluted Shares Outstanding          46.2 million

    - Free Cash Flow                      $80 - $90 million

Free cash flow is defined as cash flow from operations less capital expenditures and includes approximately $15 million for the final phase of our EMD facility expansion in Cheswick, PA.

Mr. Benante concluded, "We are reducing our sales guidance for the full year 2009 to reflect the slow start for the year and the continuing economic softness that will largely impact our general industrial businesses through the third quarter. At this time we are holding unchanged the remainder of our previous financial guidance. We expect business conditions to improve slowly as we move forward and have undertaken cost reduction measures across the company to enhance profitability for the second half of 2009 and better position us for an economic recovery. Despite these shorter-term challenges, our businesses remain strong and we are optimistic about our long-term growth prospects due to the unique engineering and profound value our products provide across a broad spectrum of high performance markets. We are well diversified which should enable us to weather the economic downturn better than most companies. Finally, our backlog remains strong and we expect to continue to demonstrate our ability to produce long-term organic growth while successfully reinvesting in both our technologies and select acquisitions in order to enhance our portfolio and market diversification."

The Company will host a conference call to discuss the first quarter 2009 results at 10:00 A.M. EDT Friday, May 1, 2009. A live webcast of the call can be heard on the Internet by visiting the company's website at and clicking on the investor information page or by visiting other websites that provide links to corporate webcasts.

About Curtiss-Wright

Curtiss-Wright Corporation is a diversified company headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey. The Company designs, manufactures and overhauls products for motion control and flow control applications and provides a variety of metal treatment services. The firm employs approximately 7,900 people. More information on Curtiss-Wright can be found at .

Certain statements made in this release, including statements about future revenue, organic revenue growth, quarterly and annual revenue, net income, organic operating income growth, future business opportunities, cost saving initiatives, and future cash flow from operations, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements present management's expectations, beliefs, plans and objectives regarding future financial performance, and assumptions or judgments concerning such performance. Any discussions contained in this press release, except to the extent that they contain historical facts, are forward-looking and accordingly involve estimates, assumptions, judgments and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: a reduction in anticipated orders; an economic downturn; changes in competitive marketplace and/or customer requirements; a change in government spending; an inability to perform customer contracts at anticipated cost levels; and other factors that generally affect the business of aerospace, defense contracting, electronics, marine, and industrial companies. Such factors are detailed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006 and subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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