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 AeroVironment, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2018 First Quarter Results
   Tuesday, August 29, 2017 4:10:00 PM ET

AeroVironment, Inc. (AVAV ) today reported financial results for its first quarter ended July 29, 2017.

"The AeroVironment team successfully executed our plan in the first quarter, delivering $43.8 million in revenue, a 21 percent increase over first quarter fiscal 2017, and loss per share of $0.19, a 63 percent improvement over fiscal 2017," said Wahid Nawabi, AeroVironment president and chief executive officer. "A nine percent increase in funded backlog enhances our visibility and positions us to deliver on our fiscal 2018 goals. We remain focused on making continued progress on our long-term growth initiatives as we work to deliver results, capitalize on opportunities and create value for customers, employees and stockholders."

FISCAL 2018 FIRST QUARTER RESULTS

Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $43.8 million, an increase of 21% from first quarter fiscal 2017 revenue of $36.2 million. The increase in revenue resulted from an increase in sales in our Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) segment of $5.8 million and an increase in sales in our Efficient Energy Systems (EES) segment of $1.8 million.

Gross margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $11.6 million, an increase from first quarter fiscal 2017 gross margin of $6.7 million. The increase in gross margin was primarily due to an increase in product margin of $6.4 million, partially offset by a decrease in service margin of $1.4 million. As a percentage of revenue, gross margin increased to 27% from 18%. The increase in gross margin percentage was primarily due to a decrease in warranty related costs and an increase in the proportion of product sales to total revenue.

Loss from operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $8.2 million compared to first quarter fiscal 2017 loss from operations of $15.6 million. The decrease in the year over year loss from operations was primarily a result of an increase in gross margin of $4.9 million and a decrease in research and development (R&D) expense of $2.1 million.

Other income, net, for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $0.5 million compared to other income, net of $0.1 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2017.

Benefit for income taxes for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $3.2 million compared to a benefit for income taxes of $3.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2017. The decrease in benefit for income taxes was primarily due to a decrease in loss before income taxes, partially offset by an increase in the full year estimated effective tax rate. The quarter ended July 29, 2017 included a discrete income tax benefit of $1.0 million for excess tax benefits arising from vesting of restricted stock awards and stock option exercises.

Net loss attributable to AeroVironment for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $4.4 million compared to net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 of $11.6 million.

Loss per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $0.19 compared to loss per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 of $0.51.

BACKLOG

As of July 29, 2017, funded backlog (unfilled firm orders for which funding is currently appropriated to us under a customer contract) was $85.3 million compared to $78.0 million as of April 30, 2017.

FISCAL 2018 -- OUTLOOK FOR THE FULL YEAR

For fiscal 2018, the company continues to expect to generate revenue of between $280 million and $300 million, and earnings per diluted share of between $0.45 and $0.65.

The foregoing estimates are forward looking and reflect management’s view of current and future market conditions, including certain assumptions with respect to our ability to 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

In conjunction with this release, AeroVironment, Inc. will host a conference call today, Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at 1:30 pm Pacific Time that will be broadcast live over the Internet. Wahid Nawabi, president and chief executive officer, Teresa P. Covington, chief financial officer and Steven A. Gitlin, vice president of investor relations, will host the call.

4:30 PM ET 3:30 PM CT 2:30 PM MT 1:30 PM PT

Investors may dial into the call at (888) 771-4371 (U.S.) and enter the passcode 45482291 or (847) 585-4405 (international) 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.

Audio Replay Options

An audio replay of the event will be archived on the Investor Relations page of the company’s website, at http://investor.avinc.com . The audio replay will also be available via telephone from Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at approximately 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time through Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. Dial (888) 843-7419 and enter the passcode 45482291. International callers should dial (630) 652-3042 and enter the same passcode number to access the audio replay.

ABOUT AEROVIRONMENT, INC.

AeroVironment (AVAV ) provides customers with more actionable intelligence so they can proceed with certainty. Based in California, AeroVironment is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems, tactical missile systems and electric vehicle charging and test systems, and serves militaries, government agencies, businesses and consumers. 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, reliance on sales to the U.S. government; availability of U.S. government funding for defense procurement and R&D programs; changes in the timing and/or amount of government spending; 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; unexpected technical and marketing difficulties inherent in major research and product development efforts; the impact of potential security and cyber threats; changes in the supply and/or demand and/or prices for our products and services; the activities of competitors and increased competition; failure of the markets in which we operate to grow; uncertainty in the customer adoption rate of commercial use unmanned aircraft systems and electric vehicles; failure to remain a market innovator and create new market opportunities; changes in significant operating expenses, including components and raw materials; failure to develop new products; the extensive regulatory requirements governing our contracts with the U.S. government; product liability, infringement and other claims; changes in the regulatory environment; and general economic and business conditions in the United States and elsewhere in the world. 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.

 
                                                                                           AeroVironment, Inc.
                                                                            Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
                                                                             (In thousands except share and per share data)
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                              Three Months Ended
                                                                      -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                            July 29,                                                                    July 30,
                                                                                              2017                                                                        2016
                                                                      -----------------------------------------------------                     ---------------------------------------------------------
Revenue:
  Product sales                                                                          $     31,091                                                              $         15,737
  Contract services                                                         12,673                                  20,481  
                                                                      -------------------- ---------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
                                                                                               43,764                                                                        36,218
Cost of sales:
  Product sales                                                                                24,217                                                                        15,222
  Contract services                                                          7,917                                  14,313  
                                                                      -------------------- ---------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
                                                                                               32,134                                                                        29,535
Gross margin:
  Product sales                                                                                 6,874                                                                           515
  Contract services                                                          4,756                                   6,168  
                                                                      -------------------- ---------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
                                                                                               11,630                                                                         6,683
Selling, general and administrative                                                            13,331                                                                        13,663
Research and development                                                     6,461                                   8,600  
                                                                      -------------------- ---------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
Loss from operations                                                                           (8,162 )                                                                     (15,580 )
Other income (expense):
  Interest income, net                                                                            512                                                                           375
  Other income (expense), net                                                    4                                    (300 )
                                                                      -------------------- ---------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
Loss before income taxes                                                                       (7,646 )                                                                     (15,505 )
Benefit for income taxes                                                    (3,180 )                                                   (3,863 )
                                                                      -------------------- ---------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
Net loss                                                                                       (4,466 )                                                                     (11,642 )
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest                                23                          --  
                                                                      -------------------- ---------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
Net loss attributable to AeroVironment                                                   $     (4,443 )                                                            $        (11,642 )
                                                                      ==================== ========== ====================                      ==================== ============== ====================
Loss per share attributable to AeroVironment:
   Basic                                                                                 $      (0.19 )                                                            $          (0.51 )
   Diluted                                                                               $      (0.19 )                                                            $          (0.51 )
Weighted average shares outstanding:
   Basic                                                                                   23,336,305                                                                    22,956,607
   Diluted                                                                                 23,336,305                                                                    22,956,607
 
 
                                                                                                               AeroVironment, Inc.
                                                                                                           Consolidated Balance Sheets
                                                                                                        (In thousands except share data)
                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                  July 29,                                                                      April 30,
                                                                                                                                    2017                                                                          2017
                                                                                                          ---------------------------------------------------------                     ---------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                                 (Unaudited)
Assets
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                                  $        117,473                                                              $         79,904
  Short-term investments                                                                                                              107,831                                                                       119,971
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $469                                                                  30,685                                                                        74,361
  at July 29, 2017 and $291 at April 30, 2017
  Unbilled receivables and retentions                                                                                                  10,753                                                                        14,120
  Inventories, net                                                                                                                     72,017                                                                        60,076
  Income tax receivable                                                                                                                 2,969                                                                --
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets                                                                          5,266                                   5,653  
                                                                                                          -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
Total current assets                                                                                                                  346,994                                                                       354,085
Long-term investments                                                                                                                  35,844                                                                        42,096
Property and equipment, net                                                                                                            20,317                                                                        19,220
Deferred income taxes                                                                                                                  15,646                                                                        15,089
Other assets                                                                                                         1,938                                   2,010  
                                                                                                          -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
Total assets                                                                                                                 $        420,739                                           $        432,500  
                                                                                                          ==================== ============== ====================                      ==================== ============== ====================
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity
Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable                                                                                                           $         13,966                                                              $         20,283
  Wages and related accruals                                                                                                           10,608                                                                        12,966
  Income taxes payable                                                                                                         --                                                                         1,418
  Customer advances                                                                                                                     4,593                                                                         3,317
  Other current liabilities                                                                                          8,530                                  10,079  
                                                                                                          -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
Total current liabilities                                                                                                              37,697                                                                        48,063
Deferred rent                                                                                                                           1,673                                                                         1,719
Capital lease obligations - net of current portion                                                                                        104                                                                           161
Other non-current liabilities                                                                                                             184                                                                           184
Deferred tax liability                                                                                                                     79                                                                           116
Liability for uncertain tax positions                                                                                                      64                                                                            64
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity:
  Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value:
   Authorized shares--10,000,000; none issued or outstanding at July 29,                                           --                                                                --
   2017 and April 30, 2017
  Common stock, $0.0001 par value:
   Authorized shares--100,000,000
   Issued and outstanding shares--23,840,300 shares at July 29, 2017 and                                                        2                                                                             2
   23,630,419 at April 30, 2017
  Additional paid-in capital                                                                                                          165,359                                                                       162,150
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss                                                                                                   (125 )                                                                        (127 )
  Retained earnings                                                                                                215,486                                 219,929  
                                                                                                          -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
  Total AeroVironment stockholders’ equity                                                                         380,722                                 381,954  
                                                                                                          -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
  Noncontrolling interest                                                                                                                 216                                                                           239
Total equity                                                                                                       380,938                                 382,193  
                                                                                                          -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity                                                        $        420,739                                           $        432,500  
                                                                                                          ==================== ============== ====================                      ==================== ============== ====================
 
                                                                                                       AeroVironment, Inc.
                                                                                        Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
                                                                                                         (In thousands)
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                   Three Months Ended
                                                                                         ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                 July 29,                                                                      July 30,
                                                                                                                   2017                                                                          2016
                                                                                         ---------------------------------------------------------                     ---------------------------------------------------------
Operating activities
Net loss                                                                                                    $         (4,466 )                                                            $        (11,642 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash provided by (used in)
operating activities:
  Depreciation and amortization                                                                                        1,862                                                                         1,653
  Loss from equity method investments                                                                         --                                                                            72
  Impairment of long-lived assets                                                                                          9                                                                --
  Provision for doubtful accounts                                                                                        211                                                                           171
  (Gains) losses on foreign currency transactions                                                                       (106 )                                                                         226
  Deferred income taxes                                                                                                 (596 )                                                              --
  Stock-based compensation                                                                                             1,397                                                                           992
  Tax benefit from exercise of stock options                                                                  --                                                                            22
  Gain on disposition of property and equipment                                                               --                                                                            (7 )
  Amortization of held-to-maturity investments                                                                           474                                                                           661
  Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
   Accounts receivable                                                                                                43,577                                                                        23,019
   Unbilled receivables and retentions                                                                                 3,367                                                                         4,406
   Inventories                                                                                                       (11,941 )                                                                      (6,619 )
   Income tax receivable                                                                                              (2,969 )                                                                      (4,250 )
   Prepaid expenses and other assets                                                                                     377                                                                           (17 )
   Accounts payable                                                                                                   (6,238 )                                                                      (6,336 )
   Other liabilities                                                                                                  (3,676 )                                                                      (3,594 )
                                                                                                              -------------- --------------------                                           -------------- --------------------
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities                                                                   21,282                                                                        (1,243 )
Investing activities
Acquisition of property and equipment                                                                                 (2,973 )                                                                      (2,634 )
Redemptions of held-to-maturity investments                                                                           59,280                                                                        28,820
Purchases of held-to-maturity investments                                                                            (41,806 )                                                                     (27,487 )
Proceeds from the sale of property and equipment                                                              --                                                                             7
Sales and redemptions of available-for-sale investments                                               450                                     400  
                                                                                         -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities                                                                   14,951                                                                          (894 )
Financing activities
Principal payments of capital lease obligations                                                                          (92 )                                                                         (95 )
Tax withholding payment related to net settlement of equity awards                                                      (212 )                                                              --
Exercise of stock options                                                                           1,640                                     258  
                                                                                         -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
Net cash provided by financing activities                                                           1,336                                     163  
                                                                                         -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents                                                                  37,569                                                                        (1,974 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period                                                   79,904                                 124,287  
                                                                                         -------------------- -------------- --------------------                      -------------------- -------------- --------------------
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period                                                                  $        117,473                                           $        122,313  
                                                                                         ==================== ============== ====================                      ==================== ============== ====================
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information
Cash paid during the period for:
  Income taxes                                                                                              $          1,803                                                              $          1,786
Non-cash activities
Unrealized gain on investments, net of deferred tax expense of $4                                           $              2                                                              $             18
and $12, respectively
Reclassification from share-based liability compensation to equity                                          $            384                                                              $            307
Acquisitions of property and equipment included in accounts payable                                         $            644                                                              $            321
 
                                                                               AeroVironment, Inc.
                                                              Reportable Segment Results are as Follows (Unaudited)
                                                                                 (In thousands)
                                                                                        
                                                                                                            Three Months Ended
                                                         ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                        July 29,                                                              July 30,
                                                                       2017                                               2016
                                                         -------------------- --------------------------                       -------------------- ---------------------------
Revenue:
  UAS                                                                       $ 36,250                                                              $  30,497
  EES                                                       7,514                            5,721  
                                                         -------------------- ------ --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
   Total                                                                      43,764                                                                 36,218
Cost of sales:
  UAS                                                                         26,408                                                                 25,083
  EES                                                       5,726                            4,452  
                                                         -------------------- ------ --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
   Total                                                   32,134                           29,535  
                                                         -------------------- ------ --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Gross margin:
  UAS                                                                          9,842                                                                  5,414
  EES                                                       1,788                            1,269  
                                                         -------------------- ------ --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
   Total                                                   11,630                            6,683  
                                                         -------------------- ------ --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Selling, general and administrative                                           13,331                                                                 13,663
Research and development                                    6,461                            8,600  
                                                         -------------------- ------ --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Loss from operations                                                          (8,162 )                                                              (15,580 )
Other income (expense):
Interest income, net                                                             512                                                                    375
Other income (expense), net                                     4                             (300 )
                                                         -------------------- ------ --------------------                      -------------------- ------- --------------------
Loss before income taxes                                                    $ (7,646 )                                                            $ (15,505 )
                                                         ==================== ====== ====================                      ==================== ======= ====================
                                                                                                                                                             

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