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Orbital Sciences Corporation : ORBITAL ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER 2012 FINANCIAL RESULTS

 
 
For Immediate Release For More Information Contact:
Barron Beneski (703) 406-5528
Public and Investor Relations
beneski.barron@orbital.com

ORBITAL ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER 2012 FINANCIAL RESULTS

- Company Reports Steady Growth in Revenues, Operating Income and Earnings Per Share -

(Dulles, VA 20 April 2012) - Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) today reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2012.  First quarter 2012 revenues were $338.0 million, up 6% compared to $317.7 million in the first quarter of 2011.  First quarter 2012 operating income was $23.8 million, an increase of 136% compared to $10.1 million in the first quarter of 2011.

Net income was $13.0 million, or $0.22 diluted earnings per share, in the first quarter of 2012, compared to net income of $12.3 million, or $0.21 diluted earnings per share, in the first quarter of 2011.  Orbital's free cash flow* in the first quarter of 2012 was negative $32.7 million compared to positive $10.8 million in the first quarter of 2011.

Mr. David W. Thompson, Orbital's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "The company's first quarter 2012 financial results reflected steady growth in revenues, operating income and earnings per share.  In addition, we successfully completed a number of operational activities during the quarter, including launches of eight sounding rockets, deliveries of seven satellites and launch vehicles for future missions, and the completion of several important construction and testing milestones in the Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft programs."  

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* "Free cash flow" is a non-GAAP financial measure.  For additional details, please refer to the sections of this press release entitled "Cash Flow" and "Disclosure of Non-GAAP Financial Measure."
Financial Highlights

Summary financial results were as follows:

First Quarter
($ in millions, except per share data) 2012 2011
Revenues  $338.0  $317.7
Operating Income  23.8  10.1
Net Income  13.0  12.3
Diluted Earnings Per Share  $0.22  $0.21

Revenues increased $20.3 million, or 6%, in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011 due to revenue growth in the launch vehicles segment, driven by increased activity on target launch vehicles, and in the advanced space programs segment, driven by increased activity on national security satellite contracts.  These increases were partially offset by a reduction in satellites and space systems segment revenues largely due to decreased activity on communications satellite contracts.  Launch vehicles segment revenues increased $20.8 million, advanced space programs segment revenues increased $22.3 million and satellites and space systems segment revenues decreased $41.4 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011.  The growth in revenues also reflects an $18.6 million reduction in intersegment revenue eliminations compared to the first quarter of 2011, due to a diminishing level of activity on Antares launch vehicles for the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services research and development program with NASA.  

Operating income increased $13.7 million, or 136%, in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011, due to higher operating income in the launch vehicles segment and the advanced space programs segment, partially offset by lower operating income in the satellites and space systems segment.  Launch vehicles segment operating income improved primarily due to an adjustment in connection with a March 2011 Taurus XL launch failure that reduced operating income in the first quarter of 2011 by $11.3 million.  The company also recognized a related $11.3 million insurance recovery that was reported in "other income" in the first quarter of 2011.  

Net income in the first quarter of 2012 was $13.0 million, or $0.22 diluted earnings per share, compared to $12.3 million, or $0.21 diluted earnings per share, in the first quarter of 2011.  The company's effective income tax rate increased to 38.0% in the first quarter of 2012 compared to 35.3% in the first quarter of 2011.  The tax rate in 2011 included the effect of federal research and development tax credits that are not expected to be available to the company in 2012.  

Segment Results

First quarter operating results by business segment were as follows:

Launch Vehicles

First Quarter
($ in millions) 2012 2011 % Change
Revenues  $126.1  $105.3 20%
Operating Income  8.9  (5.0) NM
Operating Margin 7.1% (4.8%)

Launch vehicles segment revenues increased $20.8 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011 primarily due to increased production work on target launch vehicles partially offset by decreased activity on missile defense interceptors.

Segment operating income increased $13.9 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011 primarily due to an adjustment in connection with a March 2011 Taurus XL launch failure that reduced operating income in the first quarter of 2011 by $11.3 million and increased production work on target launch vehicles.  Segment operating margin increased principally due to the effect of the first quarter 2011 launch failure adjustment.

Satellites and Space Systems

First Quarter
($ in millions) 2012 2011 % Change
Revenues  $111.3  $152.7 (27%)
Operating Income  7.4  10.3 (28%)
Operating Margin 6.6% 6.8%

Satellites and space systems segment revenues decreased $41.4 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011 largely due to decreased activity on communications satellite contracts.  

Segment operating income decreased $2.9 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011 primarily due to decreased activity on communications satellite contracts.  Segment operating margin decreased slightly principally due to somewhat lower profit margins on communications satellite contracts in 2012 compared to 2011.

Advanced Space Programs

First Quarter
($ in millions) 2012 2011 % Change
Revenues  $115.0  $92.7 24%
Operating Income  7.5  4.8 56%
Operating Margin 6.5% 5.2%

Advanced space programs segment revenues increased $22.3 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011 due to increased activity on national security satellite contracts partially offset by decreased revenues on the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA.  

Segment operating income increased $2.7 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011 driven by increased activity on national security satellite contracts. Segment operating margin increased in the first quarter of 2012 due to profit margin improvements on national security satellite contracts.

Cash Flow

Cash flow for the first quarter of 2012 was as follows:

First Quarter
($ in millions) 2012
Net Cash Used in Operating Activities  $(20.9)
Capital Expenditures  (11.8)
Free Cash Flow  (32.7)
Other, Net  0.5
Net Decrease in Cash  (32.2)
Beginning Cash Balance  259.2
Ending Cash Balance  $227.0

New Business Highlights

During the first quarter of 2012, Orbital received approximately $295 million in new firm and option contract bookings.  In addition, the company received approximately $85 million of option exercises under existing contracts.  As of March 31, 2012, the company's firm contract backlog was approximately $2.1 billion and its total backlog (including options, indefinite-quantity contracts and undefinitized orders) was approximately $5.2 billion.

Operational Highlights

In the first quarter of 2012, Orbital successfully carried out eight suborbital sounding rocket launches and completed several important construction and testing milestones on the Antares
rocket and Cygnus spacecraft programs.  In March, Orbital's Technical Services Division supported the launch of five company-built suborbital sounding rockets in a seven-minute period for NASA from Wallops Island, VA in a mission to gather scientific data about the Earth's upper atmosphere.  Orbital also delivered one satellite and six launch vehicles to customers for future deployments, including the NuSTAR astrophysics satellite, an Orbital Boost Vehicle missile defense interceptor and several target vehicles.  In addition, Orbital successfully conducted the first international launch of its Coyote supersonic sea-skimming target missile for the French Navy in early April.  

In its Antares and Cygnus product development programs, Orbital delivered the fourth Antares rocket airframe to its final integration site and oversaw the substantial completion of construction of the launch pad complex at Wallops Island.  In early April, the company rolled out the first Antares vehicle to the launch pad and conducted mechanical and electrical fit checks and horizontal-to-vertical rotation of the vehicle to its launch position.  Also during the quarter, the first two Cygnus spacecraft service modules completed thermal vacuum, vibration, acoustics and solar array testing at the company's Dulles, VA satellite production facilities.

For the remainder of 2012, Orbital plans to conduct approximately 20 major space missions.  These events are expected to include the first two flights of the company's Antares rocket and the initial mission for the Cygnus spacecraft to the International Space Station.  Additionally, Orbital is planning to deliver up to five commercial communications satellites to customers, at least four of which are slated to be launched during the year, as well as to launch two Pegasus rockets and numerous target vehicles and other suborbital rockets.

2012 Financial Guidance

The company reaffirmed its financial guidance for full year 2012 as follows:

Revenues ($ in millions)   $1,450 - $1,500
Operating Income Margin     6.50% - 7.00%
Diluted Earnings per Share   $0.95 - $1.05
Free Cash Flow ($ in millions)   ($20) - ($40)

Annual Stockholders Meeting

Orbital will hold its Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which will include a business update and outlook from Mr. Thompson, at its corporate headquarters on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  Stockholders and other interested parties may listen to a live audio webcast of the annual meeting by going to Orbital's investor webpage at www.orbital.com/Investor, clicking on the "Webcast" link for the Annual Meeting of Stockholders and following the instructions provided.

Discussions with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

As previously disclosed, in December 2011, Orbital received a comment letter from the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in connection with a routine review of Orbital's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2011.  The SEC comment letter included, among other things, a request for supplemental information on certain of Orbital's accounting policies and disclosures related to the timing of revenue recognition, including for its CRS contract with NASA to resupply cargo to the International Space Station.  Orbital and the SEC staff are currently engaged in discussions regarding the company's accounting for launch and delivery milestones under the CRS contract.  Orbital's consolidated results contained in this press release were prepared in accordance with its existing accounting policies and using assumptions which the company believes are appropriate based on current facts and circumstances, all of which are consistent with those applied in prior audited periods.  Until these discussions are resolved, Orbital cannot determine if it will be required to supplement its disclosures or restate or make other changes to its historical consolidated financial statements, including the financial information contained in this press release.

Disclosure of Non-GAAP Financial Measure

We define free cash flow as GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) net cash provided by (used in) operating activities less capital expenditures for property, plant and equipment.  A reconciliation of free cash flow to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities is included above in the section entitled "Cash Flow."  Management believes that the company's presentation of free cash flow is useful because it provides investors with an important perspective on the company's liquidity, financial flexibility and ability to fund operations and service debt.

Orbital does not intend for the above non-GAAP financial measure to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measure.  Other companies may define this measure differently.

About Orbital

Orbital develops and manufactures small- and medium-class rockets and space systems for commercial, military and civil government customers.  The company's primary products are satellites and launch vehicles, including low-Earth orbit, geosynchronous-Earth orbit and planetary exploration spacecraft for communications, remote sensing, scientific and defense missions; human-rated space systems for Earth-orbit, lunar and other missions; ground- and air-launched rockets that deliver satellites into orbit; and missile defense systems that are used as interceptor and target vehicles.  Orbital also provides satellite subsystems and space-related technical services to U.S. Government agencies and laboratories.  More information about Orbital can be found at http://www.orbital.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Certain statements in this press release may be forward-looking in nature or "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those related to our financial outlook, liquidity, goals, business strategy, projected plans and objectives of management for future operating results and forecasts of future events.  These statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts.  Forward-looking statements often include the words "anticipate," "forecast," "expect," "believe," "should," "will," "intend," "plan" and words of similar substance.  Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, trends and uncertainties that could cause the actual results or performance of the company to be materially different from the forward-looking statement.  Uncertainty surrounding factors such as continued government support and funding for key space and defense programs, new product development programs, product performance and market acceptance of products and technologies, achievement of contractual milestones, government contract procurement and termination risks, income tax rates and the outcome of the company's current discussions with the SEC regarding its financial reporting, as well as other risk factors and business considerations described in the company's SEC filings, including its annual report on Form 10-K, may materially impact Orbital's actual financial  and operational results.  Orbital assumes no obligation for updating the information contained in this press release.

A transcript of the earnings teleconference call will be available on Orbital's website at http://www.orbital.com/Investor.

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ORBITAL SCIENCES CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Income Statements
(in thousands, except per share data)

First Quarter
2012 2011
Revenues  $338,030  $317,703
Cost of revenues  258,964  271,040
Research and development expenses  27,878  17,135
Selling, general and administrative expenses  27,342  19,412
Income from operations  23,846  10,116
Interest income and other  188  11,489
Interest expense  (3,077)  (2,533)
Income before income taxes  20,957  19,072
Income taxes  (7,964)  (6,737)
Net income  $12,993  $12,335
Basic income per share  $0.22  $0.21
Diluted income per share  0.22  0.21
Shares used in computing basic income per share  58,941  58,299
Shares used in computing diluted income per share  59,275  58,789

ORBITAL SCIENCES CORPORATION
Segment Information
(in millions)

First Quarter
2012 2011
Revenues:
Launch Vehicles  $126.1  $105.3
Satellites and Space Systems  111.3  152.7
Advanced Space Programs  115.0  92.7
Eliminations  (14.4)  (33.0)
Total Revenues  $338.0  $317.7
Income from Operations:
Launch Vehicles  $8.9  $(5.0)
Satellites and Space Systems  7.4  10.3
Advanced Space Programs  7.5  4.8
Total Income from Operations  $23.8  $10.1

ORBITAL SCIENCES CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)

March 31, December 31,
2012 2011
Assets
Cash  $226,955  $259,219
Receivables  420,350  333,467
Inventory  65,771  64,335
Deferred income taxes, net  47,078  51,413
Other current assets  44,100  46,965
Total current assets  804,254  755,399
Investments  8,800  8,500
Property, plant and equipment, net  263,007  259,972
Goodwill  75,261  75,261
Other non-current assets  28,932  31,668
Total Assets  $1,180,254  $1,130,800
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  $245,364  $234,379
Deferred revenues and customer advances  126,298  104,970
Total current liabilities  371,662  339,349
Long-term debt  132,670  131,182
Other non-current liabilities  17,056  16,990
Total stockholders' equity  658,866  643,279
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity  $1,180,254  $1,130,800

ORBITAL SCIENCES CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)

First Quarter
2012 2011
Net Income  $12,993  $12,335
Depreciation and amortization  9,019  7,847
Deferred income taxes  7,171  5,461
Changes in assets and liabilities  (53,015)  (1,376)
Other  2,907  3,882
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities  (20,925)  28,149
Capital expenditures  (11,794)  (17,317)
Net cash used in investing activities  (11,794)  (17,317)
Net proceeds from issuance of common stock  406  841
Other  49  558
Net cash provided by financing activities  455  1,399
Net (decrease) increase in cash  (32,264)  12,231
Cash, beginning of period  259,219  252,415
Cash, end of period  $226,955  $264,646

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Orbital Sciences Corporation : ORBITAL TO ANNOUNCE FIRST QUARTER 2012 FINANCIAL RESULTS ON APRIL 20

For Immediate Release
For More Information Contact:
Barron Beneski (703) 406-5528

Public and Investor Relations                                                     beneski.barron@orbital.com

ORBITAL TO ANNOUNCE FIRST QUARTER 2012 FINANCIAL RESULTS ON APRIL 20

-- 9:00 a.m. Conference Call with Financial Analysts and Investors to be Webcast --

(Dulles, VA xx April 2012) - Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) announced today that it will release its first quarter 2012 financial results prior to the opening of the market on Friday, April 20, 2012.  Orbital will also conduct a conference call with financial analysts and investors the same morning, beginning at 9:00 a.m. (EDT).  The conference call will be hosted by:

  • Mr. David W. Thompson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 

  • Mr. Garrett E. Pierce, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer 

To listen to the conference call, dial (888) 541-8767 and use the conference ID number 70986793.  The conference call will also be webcast to the public through a link on Orbital's web site at www.orbital.com/investor.  A replay of the conference call will be available online or by dialing (855) 859-2056 and using the same conference ID number later in the day.  The replay will remain active for one week, until April 27, 2012.

About Orbital

Orbital develops and manufactures small- and medium-class rockets and space systems for commercial, military and civil government customers.  The company's primary products are satellites and launch vehicles, including low-Earth orbit, geosynchronous-Earth orbit and planetary exploration spacecraft for communications, remote sensing, scientific and defense missions; human-rated space systems for Earth-orbit, lunar and other missions; ground- and air-launched rockets that deliver satellites into orbit; and missile defense systems that are used as interceptor and target vehicles.  Orbital also provides satellite subsystems and space-related technical services to U.S. Government agencies and laboratories.

More information about Orbital can be found at http://www.orbital.com

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