SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 28, 2019
TransDigm Group Incorporated
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction
|1301 East 9th Street, Suite 3000, Cleveland, Ohio||44114|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (216) 706-2960
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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|Item 2.02.|| |
Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
TransDigm Group Incorporated (TransDigm Group), which includes, for purposes of this Item 2.02, its direct and indirect subsidiaries, is hereby furnishing the following information regarding its business, which has not been previously reported, in connection with the concurrent offerings of the Notes (as defined below), as discussed in Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K.
TransDigm Group has not yet finalized its financial results for the thirteen-week period ended December 29, 2018. However, based on its unaudited preliminary analysis, it estimates that it will have the following selected results for the thirteen-week period ended December 29, 2018:
Sales of $993 million (as compared to sales of $848 million for the thirteen-week period ended December 30, 2017);
Net income of $196 million (as compared to net income of $315 million for the thirteen-week period ended December 30, 2017)(1); and
EBITDA As Defined of $487 million (as compared to EBITDA As Defined of $402 million for the thirteen-week period ended December 30, 2017).
The prior year period was favorably impacted by the enactment of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (tax reform) and included a one-time provisional net tax benefit of $147.1 million.
TransDigm Groups preliminary results for the thirteen-week period ended December 29, 2018 are preliminary, unaudited and represent the most current information available to TransDigm Groups management. TransDigm Groups actual results may differ from the preliminary results due to the completion of its financial closing procedures, final adjustments and other developments that may arise between the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K and the time that financial results for the thirteen-week period ended December 29, 2018 are finalized.
The preliminary results included herein have been prepared by, and are the responsibility of, TransDigm Groups management. Ernst & Young LLP, TransDigm Groups independent registered public accounting firm, has not audited, reviewed, compiled, or performed any procedures with respect to the preliminary financial results. Accordingly, Ernst & Young LLP does not express an opinion or any other form of assurance with respect thereto.
The following sets forth a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA and EBITDA As Defined (in thousands):
|Thirteen-Week Period Ended|
Less: Income from discontinued operations, net of tax(1)
Income from continuing operations
Depreciation and amortization expense
Interest expense, net
Income tax provision
Inventory purchase accounting adjustments(2)
Acquisition integration costs(3)
Acquisition transaction-related expenses(4)
Non-cash stock compensation expense(5)
EBITDA As Defined
Refer to Note 3, Acquisitions and Divestitures, in TransDigm Groups Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the thirteen-week period ended December 30, 2017 for further information.
Represents accounting adjustments to inventory associated with acquisitions of businesses and product lines that were charged to cost of sales when the inventory was sold.
Represents costs incurred to integrate acquired businesses and product lines into TransDigm Groups operations, facility relocation costs and other acquisition-related costs.
Represents transaction-related costs comprising deal fees; legal, financial and tax due diligence expenses; and valuation costs that are required to be expensed as incurred.
Represents the compensation expense recognized by TransDigm Group under its stock incentive plans.
Represents costs expensed related to debt financing activities, including new issuances, extinguishments, refinancings and amendments to existing agreements.
Primarily represents foreign currency transaction gain or loss, payroll withholding taxes related to dividend equivalent payments and stock option exercises and gain or loss on sale of fixed assets.
|Item 7.01.|| |
Regulation FD Disclosure.
On January 28, 2019, TransDigm Group issued a press release (the Press Release) relating to the proposed concurrent offerings of senior subordinated notes (the Senior Subordinated Notes) and senior secured notes (the Senior Secured Notes and, together with the Senior Subordinated Notes, the Notes) by TransDigm Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary, pursuant to separate confidential offering memoranda (the Offering Memoranda) in private placements under Rule 144A and Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933 (the Securities Act). A copy of the Press Release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
In the Offering Memoranda, TransDigm Group discloses pro forma net sales and pro forma EBITDA As Defined of $5,892.6 million and $2,215.8 million, respectively, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2018. These amounts reflect the Companys estimates that if certain acquisitions, including the Esterline Acquisition (as defined below), had closed at the beginning of that period, the transactions would have contributed additional net sales and
EBITDA As Defined of approximately $2,081.5 million and $339.3 million, respectively, for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2018. The reconciliation of net income to EBITDA, EBITDA As Defined and Pro Forma EBITDA As Defined for the year ended September 30, 2018 is furnished as Exhibit 99.2 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
In addition, the Offering Memoranda contain unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial statements as of and for the year ended September 30, 2018. The unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial statements are furnished as Exhibit 99.3 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
The Notes will not be registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States without registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws. Neither the Press Release nor this Current Report on Form 8-K constitutes an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes, nor shall there be any sale of the Notes in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state. The offerings of Senior Subordinated Notes and Senior Secured Notes are not contingent upon each other and there can be no assurance that the offerings will be consummated or otherwise completed. Any offer to sell the Senior Secured Notes or the Senior Subordinated Notes will be made only by a separate offering memorandum.
TransDigm Inc. intends to use of the net proceeds from the offering of the Senior Subordinated Notes and the offering of the Senior Secured Notes to fund a portion of the purchase price for its acquisition (the Esterline Acquisition) of all of the outstanding stock of Esterline Technologies Corporation (Esterline).
The information in this Current Report on Form 8-K and in the Press Release shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act), nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in filings under the Securities Act.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
This Current Report on Form 8-K contains non-GAAP financial measures such as EBITDA, EBITDA As Defined and Pro Forma EBITDA As Defined, none of which are measurements of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). TransDigm Group defines EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, EBITDA As Defined as EBITDA plus certain non-operating items, refinancing costs, acquisition-related costs, transaction-related costs and non-cash charges incurred in connection with certain employee benefit plans and Pro Forma EBITDA As Defined as EBITDA As Defined plus managements estimates of the impact of the acquisition of Esterline and certain other acquisitions as if such acquisitions occurred at the beginning of fiscal year 2018. TransDigm Group presents EBITDA, EBITDA As Defined and Pro Forma EBITDA As Defined because it believes they are useful indicators for evaluating operating performance and liquidity.
TransDigm Groups management believes that EBITDA, EBITDA As Defined and Pro Forma EBITDA As Defined are useful to investors because they are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and others to measure operating performance among companies with differing capital structures, effective tax rates and tax attributes, capitalized asset values and employee compensation structures, all of which can vary substantially from company to company depending upon, among other things, accounting methods, book value of assets and the method by which assets are acquired. These measures are useful to evaluate TransDigm Groups business between time periods without regard to items such as interest expense, income tax expense and depreciation and amortization. TransDigm Group also believes EBITDA is useful to investors as a measure of comparative operating performance among companies and between time periods as it is reflective of changes in pricing decisions, cost controls and other factors that affect operating performance.
TransDigm Groups management also believes that EBITDA, EBITDA As Defined and Pro Forma EBITDA As Defined are useful as indicators of liquidity because securities analysts, investors, rating agencies and others use EBITDA to evaluate a companys ability to incur and service debt. In addition, EBITDA As Defined is useful to investors because the revolving credit facility under TransDigm Groups senior secured credit facilities requires compliance under certain circumstances, on a pro forma basis, with a financial covenant that measures the ratio of the amount of TransDigm Groups total net indebtedness to the amount of its Consolidated EBITDA, defined in substantially the same manner as it defines EBITDA As Defined herein. This financial covenant is a material term
of the revolving credit facility under TransDigm Groups senior secured credit facilities as the failure to comply with such financial covenant could result in an event of default in respect of its senior secured credit facilities (and such an event of default could, in turn, result in an event of default under the indentures governing its notes).
In addition to the above, TransDigm Groups management uses EBITDA As Defined to review and assess the performance of the management team in connection with employee incentive programs and to prepare its annual budget and financial projections. Moreover, TransDigm Groups management uses EBITDA As Defined to evaluate acquisitions.
Although TransDigm Group uses EBITDA, EBITDA As Defined and Pro Forma EBITDA As Defined as measures to assess the performance of its business and for the other purposes set forth above, the use of these non-GAAP financial measures as analytical tools has limitations, and you should not consider any of them in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of TransDigm Groups results of operations as reported in accordance with GAAP. Some of these limitations are:
none of EBITDA, EBITDA As Defined or Pro Forma EBITDA As Defined reflect the significant interest expense of, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest payments on, TransDigm Groups indebtedness;
although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, none of EBITDA, EBITDA As Defined or Pro Forma EBITDA As Defined reflect any cash requirements for such replacements;
the omission of the substantial amortization expense associated with TransDigm Groups intangible assets further limits the usefulness of EBITDA, EBITDA As Defined and Pro Forma EBITDA As Defined;
none of EBITDA, EBITDA As Defined or Pro Forma EBITDA As Defined include the payment of taxes, which is a necessary element of TransDigm Groups operations; and
EBITDA As Defined and Pro Forma EBITDA As Defined exclude the cash expense we have incurred to integrate acquired businesses into our operations, which is a necessary element of certain of TransDigm Groups acquisitions.
Because of these limitations, EBITDA, EBITDA As Defined and Pro Forma EBITDA As Defined should not be considered as measures of discretionary cash available to TransDigm Group to invest in the growth of its business. Management compensates for these limitations by not viewing EBITDA, EBITDA As Defined or Pro Forma EBITDA As Defined in isolation and specifically by using other GAAP measures, such as net income, net sales and operating profit, to measure TransDigm Groups operating performance. None of EBITDA, EBITDA As Defined or Pro Forma EBITDA As Defined is a measurement of financial performance under GAAP, and none should be considered as an alternative to net income or cash flow from operations determined in accordance with GAAP. TransDigm Groups calculation of EBITDA, EBITDA As Defined and Pro Forma EBITDA As Defined may not be comparable to the calculation of similarly titled measures reported by other companies.
This Current Report on Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Exchange Act, and 27A of the Securities Act. When used in this Current Report on Form 8-K, the words believe, may, will, should, expect, intend, plan, predict, anticipate, estimate or continue and other words and terms of similar meaning are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations about future events affecting TransDigm Group and are subject to uncertainties and factors relating to, among other things, TransDigm Groups operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond TransDigm Groups control. Although TransDigm Group believes that its plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements made in this Current Report on Form 8-K. The more important of such risks and uncertainties are set forth under Item 1A. Risk Factors in TransDigm Groups Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2018 and other reports that TransDigm Group or its subsidiaries have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Many such factors are outside the control of TransDigm Group. Consequently, such forward-looking statements should be regarded solely as TransDigm Groups current plans, estimates and beliefs. TransDigm Group
does not undertake, and specifically declines, any obligation, to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect any future events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events. All forward-looking statements attributable to TransDigm Group or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements.
Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements made in this Current Report on Form 8-K include, but are not limited to: the ability to successfully complete the offerings of the Notes; the sensitivity of TransDigm Groups business to the number of flight hours that its customers planes spend aloft and our customers profitability, both of which are affected by general economic conditions; future geopolitical or other worldwide events; cyber-security threats and natural disasters; TransDigm Groups reliance on certain customers; the U.S. defense budget and risks associated with being a government supplier; failure to maintain government or industry approvals; failure to complete or successfully integrate acquisitions, including TransDigm Groups planned acquisition of Esterline, expected to be completed in the first half of 2019, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval; TransDigm Groups indebtedness; potential environmental liabilities; liabilities arising in connection with litigation; increases in raw material costs, taxes and labor costs that cannot be recovered in product pricing; risks and costs associated with TransDigm Groups international sales and operations; and other factors. Please refer to Risk Factors in TransDigm Groups Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2018 and other reports that TransDigm Group or its subsidiaries have filed with the SEC for additional information regarding the foregoing factors that may affect TransDigm Groups business.
|Item 9.01.|| |
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
The following exhibits are being furnished with this Current Report on Form 8-K:
|99.2||Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA, EBITDA As Defined and Pro Forma EBITDA As Defined for the Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2018|
|99.3||Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Financial Statements as of and for the Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2018|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|TRANSDIGM GROUP INCORPORATED|
|Name:||Michael J. Lisman|
|Title:||Chief Financial Officer|
Dated: January 29, 2019