AeroVironment, Inc.
Dec 8, 2009

AeroVironment, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2010 Second Quarter Results

MONROVIA, Calif., Dec 08, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV) today reported financial results for its second quarter ended October 31, 2009.

"The initiation of digital Raven deliveries at the end of our second quarter marked a milestone for our business and our customers," said Tim Conver, AV chairman and chief executive officer. "Digital Raven systems provide more capability to support and protect ground forces, including those operating in difficult environments such as Afghanistan. We are confident in our ability to meet the strong customer demand for these systems during the second half of our fiscal 2010 and beyond, and reiterate our guidance of 18% to 22% full year revenue growth over last year. The production of digital Raven systems, combined with the progress we made on Switchblade and Global Observer, and the increased interest we saw in electric vehicle infrastructure, position us well for near term execution and multiple, potentially significant long term growth opportunities."

Second Quarter Summary:

FISCAL 2010 SECOND QUARTER RESULTS

Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2010 was $51.4 million, down 22% from second quarter fiscal 2009 revenue of $65.8 million. The decrease in revenue resulted from lower sales in our Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) segment of $12.8 million and Efficient Energy Systems (EES) segment of $1.6 million.

Income from operations for the second quarter of fiscal 2010 was $3.4 million, down 72% from second quarter fiscal 2009 income from operations of $12.2 million. The decrease in income from operations was caused by lower gross margin of $5.3 million, higher selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense of $2.6 million and higher research and development (R&D) expense of $0.9 million.

Net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2010 was $2.2 million, down 76% from second quarter fiscal 2009 net income of $9.1 million.

Earnings per diluted share for the second quarter of fiscal 2010 was $0.10, down 76% from second quarter fiscal 2009 earnings per diluted share of $0.41.

FISCAL 2010 YEAR-TO DATE RESULTS

Revenue for the first six months of fiscal 2010 was $89.3 million, down 25% from the first six months of fiscal 2009 revenue of $119.4 million. The decrease in revenue resulted from lower sales in our UAS segment of $25.5 million and EES segment of $4.6 million.

Loss from operations for the first six months of fiscal 2010 was $2.1 million, down 111% from the first six months of fiscal 2009 income from operations of $19.5 million. The decrease in income from operations was caused by lower gross margin of $15.2 million, higher SG&A expense of $5.0 million and higher R&D expense of $1.3 million.

Net loss for the first six months of fiscal 2010 was $1.4 million, down 110% from the first six months of fiscal 2009 net income of $13.9 million.

Loss per share for the first six months of fiscal 2010 was $0.06, down 110% from the first six months of fiscal 2009 earnings per diluted share of $0.64.

BACKLOG



As of October 31, 2009, funded backlog (unfilled firm orders for which funding is currently appropriated to us under a customer contract) was $107.1 million compared to $114.8 million as of April 30, 2009.

CONFERENCE CALL

In conjunction with this release, AeroVironment, Inc. will host a conference call today, Tuesday, December 8, 2009, at 1:30 pm Pacific Time that will be broadcast live over the Internet. Timothy E. Conver, chairman and chief executive officer, Stephen C. Wright, chief financial officer, and Steven A. Gitlin, director 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) 466-4582 (U.S.) or (719) 457-2085 (international) five to ten minutes prior to the start time to allow for registration.

Investors with access to the Internet may access the conference call live over the Internet at the Investor Relations section of the AeroVironment, Inc. website, http://investor.avinc.com. Please allow fifteen minutes prior to the call to download and install any necessary audio software. An audio replay of the event will be archived on the Investor Relations page of the company's web site, at http://investor.avinc.com.

A digital replay of the call will be available on Tuesday, December 8 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time through Tuesday, December 15 at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Dial (888) 203-1112 and enter the passcode 1762148. International callers should dial (719) 457-0820 and enter the same passcode number to access the digital replay.

ABOUT AEROVIRONMENT, INC. (AV)

Building on a history of technological innovation, AV designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and efficient electric energy systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company's hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition. Commercial and government entities use AV's clean transportation solutions such as electric vehicle test systems and electric vehicle fast charge systems, as well as its clean energy solutions. More information about AV is available at 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; changes in the supply and/or demand and/or prices for our products; the activities of competitors; failure of the markets in which we operate to grow; failure to expand into new markets; changes in significant operating expenses, including components and raw materials; failure to develop new products; 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.

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AeroVironment, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

(In thousands except share and per share data)

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
October 31, November 1, October 31, November 1,
2009 2008 2009 2008
Revenue:
Product sales $ 19,134 $ 37,259 $ 27,363 $ 62,586
Contract services 32,233 28,520 61,944 56,806
51,367 65,779 89,307 119,392
Cost of sales:
Product sales 11,083 22,445 16,640 36,803
Contract services 20,635 18,347 42,303 37,019
31,718 40,792 58,943 73,822
Gross margin 19,649 24,987 30,364 45,570
Selling, general and administrative 10,500 7,855 20,995 15,950
Research and development 5,776 4,896 11,449 10,156
Income (loss) from operations 3,373 12,236 (2,080 ) 19,464
Other income:
Interest income 50 369 109 910
Income (loss) before income taxes 3,423 12,605 (1,971 ) 20,374
Provision (benefit) for income taxes 1,207 3,546 (600 ) 6,506
Net income (loss) $ 2,216 $ 9,059 $ (1,371 ) $ 13,868
Earnings (loss) per share data:
Basic $ 0.10 $ 0.43 $ (0.06 ) $ 0.67
Diluted $ 0.10 $ 0.41 $ (0.06 ) $ 0.64
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 21,348,325 20,959,731 21,332,379 20,833,682
Diluted 21,937,784 21,869,417 21,332,379 21,808,061

AeroVironment, Inc.

Selected Consolidated Balance Sheet Information

(In thousands except share data)

October 31,

2009

April 30,

2009

(Unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 98,176 $ 116,501
Investments 33,314 28,679
Accounts receivable, net 32,279 42,551
Unbilled receivables and retentions 19,916 20,070
Inventories, net 25,106 11,602
Total assets 245,646 253,181
Stockholders' equity 207,701 207,427
Shares issued and outstanding 21,531,600 21,470,481

Reportable Segment Results are as Follows (Unaudited):

(In thousands)

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
October 31, November 1, October 31, November 1,
2009 2008 2009 2008
Revenue:
UAS $ 43,690 $ 56,456 $ 77,000 $ 102,532
EES 7,677 9,323 12,307 16,860
Total 51,367 65,779 89,307 119,392
Gross margin:
UAS 15,822 19,946 24,801 36,589
EES 3,827 5,041 5,563 8,981
Total 19,649 24,987 30,364 45,570
Selling, general and administrative 10,500 7,855 20,995 15,950
Research and development 5,776 4,896 11,449 10,156
Income (loss) from operations 3,373 12,236 (2,080 ) 19,464
Interest income 50 369 109 910
Income (loss) before income taxes $ 3,423 $ 12,605 $ (1,971 ) $ 20,374

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AeroVironment, Inc.
Steven Gitlin, +1-626-357-9983
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