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 . (Logo...


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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