March 31, 2015
VANCOUVER: Avcorp Industries Inc. (TSX: AVP) (the “Company” or “Avcorp”) today announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2014.
Avcorp’s recurring contracted revenue base remains strong as customers continue to place orders within existing long-term supply agreements. Deliveries of commercial jet assembly structures rose in 2014 over 2013, while production by Avcorp in supply of defense assembly structures were maintained in 2014 at 2013 levels although certain significant program deliveries were deferred by the customer at year end into the first quarter 2015. Overall revenues decreased in 2014 relative to 2013 as deliveries of business jet assembly structures were reduced in the last quarter of 2013 and continued at a lower production rate through 2014. Customer orders for business jet assembly structures have been received for 2015 which indicate an increase over 2014. Composite structures repairs and composite floor panel production and deliveries out of Avcorp’s Burlington Ontario subsidiary Comtek Advanced Structures Ltd., continued its significant growth posting a 25% revenue increase in 2014 over 2013.
Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $67,104,000 as compared to $77,364,000 for the year ended December 31, 2013.
During the year ended December 31, 2014, the Company recorded a net loss for the current year of $7,950,000 on $67,104,000 revenue, as compared to net loss of $1,802,000 for the year ended December 31, 2013 on $77,364,000 revenue. A slowdown in production for certain business jet assembly structures, as well as near-term process improvement initiatives, has caused production costs for certain aircraft structures assemblies to exceed plan by $1,371,000. Losses incurred in 2014 included $5,047,000 expensed for unutilized plant capacity; also the current year loss includes $1,076,000 in severance and retiring allowance costs as well as $503,000 in recruitment and related compensation benefits incurred to realign the Avcorp organization and reduce overhead costs. Expected cost reductions resulting from restructuring initiatives commenced in the fourth quarter of 2014 are targeted to reduce operational expense, administrative and general expenses, as well as supply chain costs. The implementation of these improvement initiatives will be completed during the first half of 2015.
The Company continues to actively pursue production contracts on aerospace programs throughout North America, Asia, and Europe both in the commercial and defence aerospace sectors. The Company is expending significant resources with a focused business development strategy to grow revenues via a targeted customer approach, and where beneficial, aligned with the Government of Canada Defence Procurement Strategy leveraging Industrial and Technological Benefits (“ITBs”).
Cash flows from operating activities during the year ended December 31, 2014 utilized $2,795,000 of cash as compared to providing $24,028,000 of cash during the year ended December 31, 2013. The primary use of cash from operations during the current year is due to operating losses reflecting temporary reduced customer demand. In contrast, collection of an Other Receivable during the third quarter 2013 provided cash during 2013. As at December 31, 2014, the Company had $3,159,000 cash on hand (December 31, 2013: $7,012,000).
The Company has a working capital surplus of $7,205,000 as at December 31, 2014 which has decreased from the December 31, 2013 $14,213,000 surplus, as a result of cash utilized in operating activities. The Company’s accumulated deficit as at December 31, 2014 is $65,673,000 (December 31, 2013: $57,723,000).
Avcorp designs and builds major airframe structures for some of the world’s leading aircraft companies,
including BAE Systems, Boeing and Bombardier. With more than 50 years of experience, over 388 skilled employees and 340,000 square feet of facilities in Delta BC and Burlington ON, Avcorp offers integrated
composite and metallic aircraft structures to aircraft manufacturers, a distinct advantage in the pursuit of
contracts for new aircraft designs, which require lower-cost, light weight, strong, reliable structures. Our
Burlington location also offers composite repairs for commercial aircraft. Avcorp is a Canadian public
company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:AVP).
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