Earnings per diluted share attributable to AeroVironment for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 was $0.51, as compared to the first nine months of fiscal 2020 of $0.98. The first nine months of fiscal 2021 included the impairment loss of $8.4 million related to HAPSMobile Inc.’s investment in Loon LLC.
Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share was $1.06 for the first nine months of fiscal 2021, as compared to $1.07 for the first nine months of fiscal 2020.
As of January 30, 2021, funded backlog (remaining performance obligations under firm orders for which funding is currently appropriated to us under a customer contract) was $103.9 million, as compared to $208.1 million as of April 30, 2020.
FISCAL 2021 — OUTLOOK FOR THE FULL YEAR
For fiscal 2021, the Company narrows its revenue expectations to between $400 million and $410 million, representing the upper half of its prior range. The Company now expects net income of $18 million to $23 million, adjusted EBITDA of $64 million to $69 million and revised earnings per diluted share of $0.76 to $0.96. The revised earnings per diluted share outlook reflects reductions of $0.35 per diluted share for the HAPSMobile Inc. JV impairment of its investment in Loon LLC and $0.53 per diluted share for additional acquisition-related expenses and amortization of intangible assets. The Company continues to expect non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, which excludes the HAPSMobile Inc. impairment of its investment in Loon LLC, amortization of acquired intangible assets and acquisition-related expenses, of between $1.74 and $1.94. This outlook includes the impact of the two recently closed acquisitions in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021 and the anticipated closing of the third acquisition in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021.
As a result of the significant portfolio-shaping the Company has undertaken to position it for continued growth and success, consisting of the noted acquisitions, the Company is providing a preliminary outlook for the next fiscal year. For fiscal year 2022 the Company expects revenue of between $560 million and $580 million, net income of between $35 million and $40 million, adjusted EBITDA of between $110 million and $115 million, earnings per diluted share of between $1.38 and $1.58 and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, which excludes acquisition-related expenses and amortization of intangible assets, of between $2.50 and $2.70. This preliminary outlook assumes the closing of the third acquisition in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021 and includes estimates of intangible asset amortization, which are subject to final purchase accounting. More refined expectations for fiscal year 2022 may be provided in the Company’s fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2021 earnings release.
The foregoing estimates are forward-looking and reflect management's view of current and future market conditions, subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and including certain assumptions with respect to our ability to efficiently and on a timely basis integrate our acquisitions, 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 AND PRESENTATION
In conjunction with this release, AeroVironment, Inc. will host a conference call today, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at 1:30 pm Pacific Time that will be webcast live. Wahid Nawabi, president and chief executive officer, Kevin P. McDonnell, chief financial officer and Steven A. Gitlin, chief marketing officer and vice president of investor relations, will host the call.
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Investors may dial into the call by using the following telephone numbers, (877) 561-2749 (U.S.) or (678) 809-1029 (international) and providing the conference ID 9179576 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.
A supplementary investor presentation for the third fiscal quarter 2021 can be accessed at https://investor.avinc.com/events-and-presentations.
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, March 9, 2021, at approximately 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time through March 16, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Dial (855) 859-2056 (U.S.) or (404) 537-3406 (international) and provide the conference ID 9179576.
ABOUT AEROVIRONMENT, INC.
AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV) provides technology solutions at the intersection of robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity that deliver more actionable intelligence so you can Proceed with Certainty. Celebrating 50 years of innovation, AeroVironment is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems and tactical missile systems, and serves defense, government and commercial customers. For more information, visit www.avinc.com.
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Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, our ability to successfully consummate the transactions contemplated by the agreement to purchase Telerob on a timely basis, if at all, including the satisfaction of the closing conditions of such transaction; the impact of our recent acquisitions of Arcturus UAV and ISG and our ability to successfully integrate them into our operations; the risk that disruptions will occur from the transactions that will harm our business; any disruptions or threatened disruptions to our relationships with our distributors, suppliers, customers and employees; the ability to timely and sufficiently integrate international operations into our ongoing business and compliance programs; 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; our ability to perform under existing contracts and obtain new contracts; 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; the extensive regulatory requirements governing our contracts with the U.S. Government and international customers; the consequences to our financial position, business and reputation that could result from failing to comply with such regulatory requirements; 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; 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; risk of litigation, including but not limited to pending litigation arising from the sale of our EES business; product liability, infringement and other claims; changes in the regulatory environment; the impact of the outbreak related to the strain of coronavirus known as COVID-19 on our business operations; 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.
In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this earnings release also contains non-GAAP financial measures. See in the financial tables below the calculation of these measures, the reasons why we believe these measures provide useful information to investors, and a reconciliation of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.