Moog's Third Quarter Sales and EPS Higher

Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A) (NYSE: MOG.B) announced today third quarter earnings of $48 million, or $1.08 a share, an increase of 44% over last year's $.75 per share. Sales in the quarter of $684 million were up 2% from last year's $671 million.

Aircraft sales in the quarter of $294 million were up 8% from a year ago. Commercial aircraft sales of $147 million were up $30 million, or 25%. Sales of OEM products to Boeing were 39% higher, at $70 million, while Airbus sales were up 21%. Commercial aftermarket revenue, at $34 million, was 20% higher in the quarter due to strong initial provisioning of 787 spares.

Military aircraft sales of $148 million were down 5% year over year. F-35 sales of $23 million were down $6 million, the result of a decrease in development program support. OEM sales for helicopters were down $7 million, as delivery rates moderated from a year ago. Foreign military sales were higher, offsetting some of the weakness in domestic military OEM sales. Military aftermarket sales were up 7% on increases in repair contracts on various programs, including the F-35 and V-22.

Space and Defense sales of $103 million were 2% higher in the quarter. Space market sales were higher, at $61 million, on improved sales of components for satellites, launch vehicles and the NASA Soft Capture System. Defense sales were $42 million, down $6 million. A year ago this segment benefited from the LAV-25 turret upgrade program.

Sales in the Industrial Systems segment were flat at $148 million. Within the energy market, slower sales of steam and gas turbine products were offset by higher wind energy sales as a new AC pitch control system was introduced in Brazil. Industrial automation sales were up 9%, at $80 million, on small increases in each of the underlying product lines. Sales of simulation and test products were down $6 million, or 16%, due to inventory adjustments at some OEM customers.

The Components segment had sales in the quarter of $111 million, down 2% from last year. Sales into aerospace and defense markets were slightly lower on weaker military aircraft OEM sales and slower spares activity. Non-aerospace and defense sales, including products sold into marine energy markets, were up $2 million, to $64 million.

The Medical Devices segment had sales of $29 million, down $9 million. A year ago, the Ethox Buffalo operation was sold, accounting for a third of the sales decrease. Lower pump and administration set sales accounted for the other $6 million decline.

The current backlog of $1.38 billion is up 6% from the same quarter a year ago.

The Company updated its guidance for fiscal 2014 to include sales of $2.65 billion, net earnings of $165 million and earnings per share of $3.65, compared to $2.63 in fiscal 2013.

The Company also provided its initial projections for fiscal 2015 with sales of $2.69 billion, net earnings of $181 million and earnings per share of $4.25, a 16% increase over fiscal 2014 guidance.

"This was a very good quarter for our company with increased sales, record earnings and very strong cash flow," said John Scannell, Chairman and CEO. "We are on track for fiscal '14, which will be a great year for Moog. As we look to fiscal '15, we should see further improvement. We're forecasting very modest sales growth but a 16% increase in earnings per share. Company operating margins in fiscal '15 will expand by 50 basis points, despite some margin challenges in our Aircraft segment. We also expect another year of strong cash flow. Overall, if fiscal '15 turns out as we expect, it will be another record year for the company."

In conjunction with today's release, Moog will host a conference call beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET, which will be broadcast live over the Internet. John Scannell, Chairman and CEO, and Don Fishback, CFO, will host the call. Supplemental financial data will be available on the webcast web page approximately 60 minutes prior to the conference call. Listeners can access the call live or in replay mode at www.moog.com/investors/communications.

Moog Inc. is a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision control components and systems. Moog's high-performance systems control military and commercial aircraft, satellites and space vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, automated industrial machinery, wind energy, marine and medical equipment. Additional information about the Company can be found at www.moog.com.

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