Hawker Beechcraft Acquisition Company, LLC Reports Full Year 2008 Financial Results

WICHITA, Kan. , Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Hawker Beechcraft Acquisition Company, LLC (HBAC) reported net sales of $3.5 billion and operating income of $135.5 million for the 12 months ending Dec. 31, 2008 .

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2008 net sales were significantly impacted by the four-week strike by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) in August. The strike disrupted manufacturing and assembly operations, which significantly reduced aircraft deliveries for the remainder of the year. During 2008, the Company delivered 441 business and general aviation aircraft, consisting of 160 business jet, 178 turboprop and 103 piston aircraft. Additional detail regarding 2008 aircraft deliveries is included in the Appendix. The strike also impacted sales volume in the Trainer Aircraft segment as discussed further in Segment Results.

Operating income for the year was also impacted by the reduced deliveries as a result of the strike. The strike resulted in lower Business and General Aviation segment aircraft deliveries and reduced production in the Trainer Aircraft segment, impacting overall operating income. Also included in 2008 results were charges of $91.1 million associated with increased costs to conform specific early-production Hawker 4000 units to the final type design and establish more normal production processes.

The Company recorded a net after-tax loss for the year of $139.9 million. The loss included the impact of a non-cash increase in tax expense of $108.7 million as a result of a valuation reserve recorded against the U.S. federal deferred tax assets in compliance with the prescribed GAAP accounting treatment for deferred tax assets.

Operating cash flow consumed during the 12 months ending Dec. 31, 2008 , was $69.0 million and was significantly impacted by an increase in inventory associated with the reduced deliveries as a result of the strike and delays in deliveries of the Hawker 4000. The timing of the Hawker 4000 deliveries was impacted by certain product enhancements incorporated in the aircraft type design late in 2008 as well as others to be incorporated in 2009.

On Dec. 31, 2008 , the Company had $377.6 million in cash and cash equivalents. In addition, its available revolving credit facility was undrawn. The Company believes that its cash on hand, anticipated cash from operations and, if required, borrowings under the revolving credit facility will be sufficient to meet its cash requirements through 2009.

Net bookings for the year were $4.8 billion and year end backlog was $7.6 billion. As the general economic environment has deteriorated, new order activity has declined and order cancellations have increased. The Company does not believe 2009 new bookings will reach recent year levels and anticipates declining backlog in 2009.

In response to weakness in the global economy and anticipated reduced aircraft production rates, the Company reduced its workforce by approximately 500 workers in November 2008 and, in early 2009, announced another 2,300 reductions to be completed by the end of the year. These reductions will decrease operating costs in 2009; however, the impact on the Company's 2008 results was not significant.

Segment Results

Business and General Aviation Aircraft

The Business and General Aviation segment recorded sales of $2,820.6 million and operating income of $24.7 million during 2008. In addition to the impact of the strike and the Hawker 4000 charges, segment results were also impacted by a $13.7 million charge recorded in the fourth quarter of 2008 to reduce the carrying value of used aircraft to current market value.

Trainer Aircraft

Sales in the Trainer Aircraft segment are principally comprised of revenue on the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) contract. The segment recorded sales of $338.2 million and operating income of $28.2 million during 2008. The segment's operating results were adversely impacted by reduced production as a result of the strike and by the June 2008 suspension of deliveries on the JPATS contract pending resolution of quality issues with a supplier's component. The quality issue was resolved and deliveries resumed in January 2009 .

Customer Support

The Customer Support segment recorded sales of $522.8 million and operating income of $82.5 million during 2008. The segment was impacted by strategic pricing initiatives and improved cost productivity in both the spare parts and aircraft services operations.

The Appendix also includes the presentation of Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (Adjusted EBITDA), a non-GAAP measure the Company believes is useful in evaluating the ability of issuers of "high-yield" securities to meet their debt service obligations. This measure is not intended as a substitute for results reported under GAAP and has been reconciled to the closest GAAP measure, Income Before Tax, in the Appendix.

The Company intends to file its 2008 Annual Report on Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or about Feb. 25, 2009 . At that time, the Form 10-K will be available on the Company's Web site at www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.

Earnings Conference Call:

HBAC's earnings results conference call for the year ending Dec. 31, 2008 , will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2009 , at 9 a.m. CDT . To attend, register at https://cossprereg.btci.com/prereg/key.process?key=P4VXYTCNP. Once you register, you will be provided with dial-in numbers and pass codes needed to join the conference call. A recording of the earnings call will be posted to the Company's Web site on the afternoon of March 3, 2009 , and will be available for 45 days.

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission and trainer aircraft -- designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company's headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan. , with operations in Salina, Kan. ; Little Rock, Ark. ; Chester, England , U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico . The company leads the industry with the largest number of factory-owned service centers and a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.

This release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, including statements that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intend, expect, project, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on management's assumptions and assessments in light of past experience and trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other relevant factors. They are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results may differ significantly from those envisaged by our forward-looking statements. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described or implied in the forward-looking statements are general business and economic conditions, production delays resulting from lack of regulatory certifications and other factors, competition in our existing and future markets, lack of market acceptance of our products and services, the substantial leverage and debt service resulting from our indebtedness, loss or retirement of key executives and other risks disclosed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SOURCE Hawker Beechcraft Acquisition Company, LLC

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